Beautifully lit and detailed images of rural Belgian and delicately painted floral compositions best describe the two facets of Albert Caullet’s oeuvre. Known as a painter whose work falls between impressionist and romantic painting, he successfully straddles these two artistic movements with his keen sense of style and mood.
Born in Kortrijk, Belgium in 1875 he enrolled, as a young man, at the Academy of Kortrijk where he was tutored by Frans van Leemputten. Van Leemputten’s love of painting animal subjects was to influence the young Caullet who followed his teacher’s predilection for such images. Upon graduating he moved to Antwerp and established a studio where he submitted works for inclusion in a number of important art exhibitions. In 1944 he became director of the KortrijkAcademy until 1946 when he moved to England to be with his daughter. He returned to Belgium in 1949 where he died the following year at Schaerbeek. In 1975 a major retrospective exhibition of his life and work was held at the Museum of Kortrijk.
Works by Albert Caullet are housed in a number of prominent Belgian museums.