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Florent Joseph Marie Willems (8 January 1823 –…

Florent Joseph Marie Willems (8 January 1823 – 23 October 1905) was a Belgian painter.

Willems was born at Liège. He had no regular tuition in painting, but learnt by copying and restoring old pictures at Mechelen, where he lived from 1832. He made his debut at the Brussels Salon in 1842 with A Music Party and an Interior of a 17th-century Guard-room in the style of Gerard ter Borch and Gabriel Metsu. Soon afterwards he settled in Paris, where his pictures enjoyed considerable popularity under the Second French Empire. Among his most famous works may be mentioned The Wedding Dress (Brussels Gallery), La Fete des grands-parents (Brussels Gallery), Le Baise-main (Mme. Cardon’s collection, Brussels), Farewell (Willems coll., Brussels), The Arches of the Peace (Delahaye Collection, Antwerp) and The Widow (engraved by David Joseph Desvachez, 1822-1902). He died at Neuilly-sur-Seine.

He is well known in the United States, good examples of his works being in the Metropolitan Museum (New York), the Art Institute of Chicago, and other public and private collections. His favorite subjects are taken from the seventeenth century.

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 Florent Willems – 1823/1905- Belgian Painter. 

Florent Joseph Marie Willems (8 January 1823 – 23 October 1905) was a Belgian painter.

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Florent Willems

Lady standing full-length in a pink satin dress with small dog in attendance

Florent Joseph Marie Willems (8 January 1823 – 23 October 1905) was a Belgian painter.

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Florent Willems (1823-1905)
The Suitor

Florent Joseph Marie Willems (8 January 1823 – 23 October 1905) was a Belgian painter.

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A painter at his easel shows a painting of a girl (1852). Florent Willems (Belgian, 1823-1905). Oil on panel. Amsterdam Museum.

Willems attended lectures at the Mechlin School of Art. He was inspired by the technique of the Dutch Masters: Gerard Terborch, Gabriel Metsu and Frans van Mieris and came under the influence of Alfred Stevens. Especially Terborch’s skills in painting silk dresses and other expensive fabrics became a trademark of Willems’ paintings.

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The Reader by Florent Willems (Belgian, 1823–1905)

Florent Joseph Marie Willems (8 January 1823 – 23 October 1905) was a Belgian painter.

Florent Willems – The proposal – 

Florent Willems – The proposal – 

Florent Joseph Marie Willems (8 January 1823 – 23 October 1905) was a Belgian painter.

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The Young Artist in Her Studio (by 1905). Florent Joseph Marie Willems (Belgian, 1823–1905). Oil on panel. 

In Young Artist, Willems quotes from Dutch masters with his own style of precise brushwork and fine detail. His portrayal of elegant women influenced the work of Alfred Stevens. So esteemed was Willems that François Flameng was commissioned to paint his portrait now hanging in the Lieje museum.

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Florent Joseph Marie WillemsWoman with mirror (1885)

Florent Joseph Marie Willems (8 January 1823 – 23 October 1905) was a Belgian painter.

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The Important Response. Florent Joseph Marie Willems (Belgian, 1823-1905). Oil on panel. Walters Art Museum.

A lady in early 17th-century attire is seated at a table pondering a letter she is writing. In the background is a high Japanese screen. The artist has lavished great care in the rendering of the contrasting surfaces of his subject’s satin dress and of the rug covering the table. In its intimacy and in its oriental note, this work approximates the painting of Alfred Stevens.