Jef Verheyen

1932 · Belgium

Artist biography

Jef Verheyen is regarded as a well established artist, who originates from Belgium. Jef Verheyen was born in 1932. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Marcel Broodthaers, Pierre Alechinsky and Jean-Michel Folon.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Jef Verheyen's work is available on display in 3 galleries around the globe, such as in Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany. Galleries include Axel Vervoordt Gallery in Wevelgem, Dierking in Zurich, and Galerie Leu in Munich . Jef Verheyen's work has most recently been exhibited at Dierking in Zurich (16 May 2019 until 13 July 2019) with the exhibition BANFORA FIGUR.

Historical Context of Belgium

Surrounded by France and the Netherlands, the modest country of Belgium has been significantly influenced by its neighbours throughout time and affirmed itself as an exciting and innovative artistic centre in the second half of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were essential in the developing of Surrealism in the 1930s, primarily through the works of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Among others, Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans are key figures of the Belgian art scene of the twentieth century. Greatly influenced by Belgian artists, the Symbolist movement was a prominent artistic trend, early predecessor to Surrealism, and including artists such as Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor. As the age of the avant-garde began to take place in Europe towards the late nineteenth century, Brussels turned into a hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its creators.

Further Biographical Context for Jef Verheyen

Jef Verheyen was born in 1932 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism prevailed in the 1950s as a chief method of painting, and explored ideas concerning the sublime and spirituality. Artists endeavoured to focus on painting’s formal properties, and Action Painting took inspiration from the political freedoms of the United States, in opposition to the strictures of the Soviet bloc. Influential artists of this period included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. In subsequent revisions, the contributions and efforts of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois have been acknowledged, amongst many other female creatives.

Jef Verheyen

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