Paul Mathieu | Oostende, Gezicht op de Visserskaai | Kunsthandel Bies

Mathieu, P. | Oostende, a view of the Visserskaai

Paul Mathieu

Sint-Joost-ten-Node (B) 1872 – 1932 Brussels

Oostende, a view of the Visserskaai

Oil on board  39.3 x 53.8 cm

Signed lower left
Annotated verso: ‘Bassin des Pecheurs, Ostende, Paul Mathieu’


Paul Mathieu was born in 1872 in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode near Brussels. After completing his education, he was faced with a number of difficult years during which he was barely able to earn a living as a painter. His big breakthrough however followed in 1893 when he joined the new artist’s collective Le Sillon (1893) and exhibited at the Brussels Salon. Mathieu became a professor at the Brussels Academy in 1896 whereby he gained more freedom to work in the countryside. In 1911, together with Alfred Bastien, he was given the honourable task to create a large-scale panorama of Belgian Congo for the World Exhibition in Gent (1913). They departed to the African country for sketch work and the eventual panorama, 115 meters wide and 15 meters high, was warmly received in Belgium.

Mathieu predominantly painted the sandy heathlands of the Kempen, the small villages in Ile de France, the canals of Burano, the banks of the Seine and the Belgian coast. He initially painted in an impressionist style with muted greens, blues, greys and ochres, yet during his career his work became more luminescent and he developed his unique personal and recognisable style. His palette became lighter, his paintings more exuberant, freer and more spontaneous. He also started to work with the pallet knife, painting in small, loose strokes that seemingly capture the light. He was inspired purely by the atmosphere of his subjects and therefore his preference was to paint in the open air. Mathieu rarely included figures in his compositions because he considered them distracting.


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Oil paintings


Cityscape, Topography, Water

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