A highly regarded painter of city views, interiors, portraits and landscapes, it was, however, as a painter of still-lifes that he excelled. His dark, sensuous paintings of flowers and interiors are highly prized and regarded as his finest works.
Edgard Wiethase was born in Antwerp in 1881 where he studied as a young man at the Academy. Here, under the supervision of the painters Boom, Mertens and Verhaert he was schooled in the traditions of Flemish painting. From the Academy he graduated to the Nationaal Hoger Instituut Schone Kunsten Antwerpen to complete his education with the great Frans van Leemputten. It was Leemputten, himself an animal painter, that influenced Wiethase’s decision to include horses within his landscapes frequently. In 1903 he first exhibited with the Als Ik Kan Group, a society of like minded painters keen on furthering the public’s awareness of post-Impressionism. Apart from his oil painting Wiethase also was a keen watercolorist and it is these as well as his oils that are held by many of Belgium’s premier museums including those at Mons and Antwerp. Edgard Wiethase died in Uccle, close to Brussels, in 1965.