Victor Wilde

1903 · Belgium

Artist biography

Victor Wilde is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Belgium, like other well-known artists such as Anogb De Clercq, Marie Van Elder, Claude Panier, Stevie Dix, and Dirk Braeckman. Victor Wilde was born in 1903.

Victor Wilde's Gallery representation

Victor Wilde's work is on display at CMAY GALLERY in Los Angeles, the United States.

Historical Context of Belgium

Bordered by France and the Netherlands, the small country of Belgium has been significantly influenced by its neighbours throughout time and affirmed itself as a vibrant and inventive artistic hub in the second half of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were crucial in the unfolding 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. Highly 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 era of the avant-garde began to take place in Europe towards the late nineteenth century, Brussels turned into a focal point for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its creators.

Further Biographical Context for Victor Wilde

Victor Wilde was born in 1903 and was largely influenced by the 1920s growing up. The notable innovations established in the early years of the 20th century were developed further in the 1920s and 1930s. This period began the careers of many radical and inspiring practitioners in the pictorial arts. However it was a time of reflection following the horrors of the First World War, and significant shifts in politics took place across the world. The philosophy of Marxism was widespread among artist communities and groups. In Paris, artists such as Brancusi, Modigliani and Soutine developed methods of art which were expressive and dynamic. Surrealism continued to develop in the 1920s and 1930s, and focused on the human unconscious and Freudian theory. Important artists to arise from this movement were Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Surrealism spread as an ideology worldwide due to its cultural importance, and grew to become the integral expressive mode of the 1920s. It was aided by the liberal characteristics of Weimar Republic in Germany, and blossomed under this way of thinking.

Victor Wilde

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