Hubert Joseph (‘Jozef’) Gindra
Belgian/Dutch, Jemeppe-sur-Meuse 1862 – 1938 Bladel
Jozef Gindra was born in 1862 near Liège. He started his art education in 1897 in Elsene (Brussels) and was shortly after accepted at the Academy of Brussels. There he came a student of Jean Portaels. One of the artist’s closes friends was Victor de Buck. During one of his travels between Antwerp and Eindhoven, De Buck had discovered the village of Bladel, located in Campine just over the Dutch border. The Buck told his friend Gindra that he went there to make photographs. When Gindra first came to Bladel he was intrigued by the picturesque atmosphere. Around 1890 he decided to leave Belgium and moved to Bladel, together with his wife and first child. Gindra mainly painted scenes from farmer’s life. This was perhaps inspired by the works of Vincent van Gogh. Furthermore, the artist made several charming flower pieces.