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Willem Geets (1838-1919) – Puppetry at the cou…

Willem Geets (1838-1919) – Puppetry at the court of Margaret of Austria – 1892

Museum Hof van Busleyden Mechelen

MARGARET OF AUSTRIA (1480–1530), duchess of Savoy and regent of the Netherlands from 1507 to 1530, daughter of the archduke Maximilian of Austria, afterwards the emperor Maximilian I., was born at Brussels on the 10th of January 1480. At two years of age she was betrothed to the dauphin Charles, son of Louis XI. of France, and was brought up at the French court. In 1489, however, Charles, now king as Charles VIII., to prevent Maximilian taking as his second wife the duchess Anne of Brittany, threw over Margaret and married the Breton heiress himself. Her ambitious father now sought for Margaret another throne, and in April 1497 she was married at Burgos to the Infant John, heir to the throne of Castile and Aragon. She was left a widow, however, a few months later. In 1501 Margaret became the wife of Philibert II., duke of Savoy, who only survived until 1504. The sudden death of her brother the archduke, Philip the Handsome (Sept 25, 1506), opened out to her a new career. In 1507 she was appointed by her father regent of the Netherlands and guardian of her nephew Charles, afterwards the emperor Charles V. Charles came of age in 1515, but he entrusted Margaret with the regency, as the vast extent of his dominions permitted him but seldom to visit the Netherlands, and she continued to hold the post until her death in 1530. She was a wise and prudent ruler, of masculine temper and intrepidity, and very capable in affairs.

Willem Geets (Mechelen, January 20, 1838 – there, January 19, 1919) was a Belgian painter.

As a child, Willem Geets already had a clear drawing talent. He started his artistic studies at the Academy in Mechelen, later at the Academy of Antwerp. In Antwerp he received lessons from Nicaise de Keyser, one of the most important painters of Flemish Romanticism. He also received lessons from Léon Cogniet in Paris (1861-1863).

In 1869 he was appointed director of the Academy in Mechelen. This institution played a major role in the training of sculptors for the Mechelen ornamental furniture industry. He remained in office until 1891. His incomprehension for artistic newslighting at his Academy was legendary.

In 1886 he founded the Lucasgilde, an association for visual artists in Mechelen.
Willem Geets is best known for his historical paintings. For example, he made paintings about the life of Emperor Charles V, the Spanish Netherlands, the (earlier) Burgundian era, and even about Roman times. The genre he practiced was actually already over its peak when Geets ventured to it. He is also a late offshoot of Romanticism.

He also painted portraits and genre scenes. Geets designed various tapestries, including for the City Hall of Brussels.

He was also a stage lover. He was active in theater group “De Taalzucht”, for which he also wrote plays himself.

Willem Geets – Rubens receives Albrecht and Is…

Willem Geets – Rubens receives Albrecht and Isabella in his home – 

Tapestry designed by Willem Geets in the Senate smoking room, woven by the Braquenié & Cie factory.

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (28 June 1577 – 30 May 1640) was a Flemish artist. He is considered the most influential artist of Flemish Baroque tradition. Rubens’ highly charged compositions reference erudite aspects of classical and Christian history. His unique and immensely popular Baroque style emphasized movement, color, and sensuality, which followed the immediate, dramatic artistic style promoted in the Counter-Reformation. Rubens specialized in making altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects.

In addition to running a large studio in Antwerp that produced paintings popular with nobility and art collectors throughout Europe, Rubens was a classically educated humanist scholar and diplomat who was knighted by both Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England. Rubens was a prolific artist. The catalogue of his works by Michael Jaffé lists 1,403 pieces, excluding numerous copies made in his workshop.

His commissioned works were mostly “history paintings”, which included religious and mythological subjects, and hunt scenes. He painted portraits, especially of friends, and self-portraits, and in later life painted several landscapes. Rubens designed tapestries and prints, as well as his own house. He also oversaw the ephemeral decorations of the royal entry into Antwerp by the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria in 1635.

His drawings are predominantly very forceful and without great detail. He also made great use of oil sketches as preparatory studies. He was one of the last major artists to make consistent use of wooden panels as a support medium, even for very large works, but he  used canvas as well, especially when the work needed to be sent a long distance. For altarpieces he sometimes painted on slate to reduce reflection problems.

Albert VII (German: Albrecht VII) (13 November 1559 – 13 July 1621) was the ruling Archduke of Austria for a few months in 1619 and, jointly with his wife, Isabella Clara Eugenia, sovereign of the Habsburg Netherlands between 1598 and 1621. Prior to this, he had been a cardinal, archbishop of Toledo, viceroy of Portugal and Governor General of the Habsburg Netherlands. He succeeded his brother Matthias as reigning archduke of Lower and Upper Austria, but abdicated in favor of Ferdinand II the same year, making it the shortest (and often ignored) reign in Austrian history.

Isabella Clara Eugenia (Spanish: Isabel Clara Eugenia; 12 August 1566 – 1 December 1633) was sovereign of the Spanish Netherlands in the Low Countries and the north of modern France, together with her husband Albert VII, Archduke of Austria. In some sources, she is referred to as Clara Isabella Eugenia. By birth, she was an infanta of Spain and Portugal.

Willem Geets (Mechelen, 20 januari 1838 – aldaar, 19 januari 1919) was een Belgisch kunstschilder.

Willem Geets – The Accident – 1899

Willem Geets – The Accident – 1899

Willem Geets (Mechelen, January 20, 1838 – there, January 19, 1919) was a Belgian painter.

Willem Geets – A Martyr of the Sixteenth Centu…

Willem Geets – A Martyr of the Sixteenth Century, Johanna van Santhoven – 1883

This picture caused controversy when it was exhibited in the Irish International Exhibition in Dublin in 1907. Catholics found the detailed and pointed description included in the catalogue for this exhibition a calculated insult to their religion. It was pointed out in the Catholic press that the Committee of Selection for this exhibition contained not a single Catholic. The event sparked a debate on the oppressed condition of Catholics in Ireland. Geets’ painting was, as many pointed out, historically inaccurate. Johanna van Santhoven, or Jannekin de Santhove as she is called in the historical manuscript, was not a Lutheran. She was buried alive in 1514, that is three years before Luther’s break with Rome. Her crime may have been secular or she may have been a Waldensian heretic, a member of a cult which was prevalent in the Low Countries immediately before Luther’s Reformation.

Willem Geets (Mechelen, January 20, 1838 – there, January 19, 1919) was a Belgian painter.

Willem Geets – Portrait of François Joseph Ghi…

Willem Geets – Portrait of François Joseph Ghislain de Cannart d’Hamale (1803-1888), senator – 1865

Willem Geets (Mechelen, January 20, 1838 – there, January 19, 1919) was a Belgian painter.

Willem Geets – Charles V and Jeanne Vandergeyn…

Willem Geets – Charles V and Jeanne Vandergeynst at the Cradle of Their Daughter, Marguerite – 

Margaret of Parma (Italian: Margherita di Parma; 28 December 1522 – 18 January 1586) was Governor of the Netherlands from 1559 to 1567 and from 1578 to 1582. She was the illegitimate daughter of the then 22-year-old Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and Johanna Maria van der Gheynst. She was a Duchess of Florence and a Duchess of Parma and Piacenza by marriage.

Willem Geets (Mechelen, January 20, 1838 – there, January 19, 1919) was a Belgian painter.

Willem Geets – Bathing woman or Balneatrix – 

Willem Geets – Bathing woman or Balneatrix – 

Willem Geets (Mechelen, January 20, 1838 – there, January 19, 1919) was a Belgian painter.

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Willem Geets (1838-1919) – Portrait d’élégante sur fond de tapisserie,  Huile sur toile, 1866

Willem Geets (Mechelen, January 20, 1838 – there, January 19, 1919) was a Belgian painter.

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Carmen – Willem Geets

Willem Geets (Mechelen, January 20, 1838 – there, January 19, 1919) was a Belgian painter.

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Willem Geets

Willem Geets (Mechelen, January 20, 1838 – there, January 19, 1919) was a Belgian painter.