Maurice Felbier was a painter and wood engraver who was born in Antwerp in 1903 and undertook his artistic training in L'Academie between 1919 and 1922 and from 1923 to 1930, at L'Institut Superieur in that city. His teachers were the painters and engravers Edward Pellens and Isidore Opsomer and they influenced him to produce work which was quite heavy in feel but as his career developed, his style changed towards a more impressionistic realisation of painting, particularly in the depiction of light and its effect on the subject. He was particularly adept at the female form, both as straightforward nude forms but also in a highly idealised manner. These took the form usually of head studies which were particularly redolent of the Florentine painters of the Quattrocento and the exquisite portraits of Sandro Botticelli, Masaccio and Donatello. He also did other genre subjects, some on a large scale and occasionally with a religious flavour as well as subtle still-lifes. All of his work though, whatever the subject, was imbued with a literary and symbolic sensibility. An art critic wrote of him at the time, ”Seen through the glasses of optimism and purity, he seeks to contact the human being and Nature. His works are neither febrile nor tense: they require meditative expression, a dreamlike idea, touching the soul or a feeling of religiousness. He idealises paint with grace. His message is thus conceived: beauty, love and light.” In 1939, Felbier was elected a member of the art group Cercle 't Getij and in 1950 he was appointed Professor at L'Academie d'Anvers, a post which he held until 1968. He died in Borgerhout in 1991. La Musee d'Anvers has works by him in its collection.
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