Rik Wouters (Belgian, 1882 – 1916)
Portrait of Ernest Wijnants, N/D
Hendrik Emil (Rik) Wouters (Mechelen, 21 August 1882 – Amsterdam, 11 July 1916) was a Belgian sculptor, painter, draftsman and etcher. He is counted to the flow of Fauvism.
Ernest Lodewijk Adolf Wijnants (Mechelen, 24 September 1878 – there, 8 December 1964) was a Belgian sculptor who also painted.
He worked as a boy together with his uncle Rik Wouters in the furniture industry and remained lifelong with the couple Wouters.
He was educated at the Academy of Beaux-Arts in Brussels and later taught at the academy in Antwerp (from 1926) and the National Higher Institute of Fine Arts there (from 1931). The sculptors Albert Meertens and Niel Steenbergen belonged to his pupils.
Wijnants was the designer of the one-franc piece that was in circulation from 10 November 1938 to 12 August 1952.
He made several images in Byzantine style, such as his large series at the Sainctelette bridge in Brussels. At the end of his life he transferred all his artworks to his hometown of Mechelen. There are also several images of his hand, such as Mother and Child (1952) in the courtyard of the Town Hall on the Grote Markt and the Monument of the fallen (1924) for the fallen of both world wars in the Sint-Rombouts Cemetery. His own house and workshops were destroyed by a V-weapon at the end of the Second World War.
During the summer of 1929 he was ordered to make a statue in Lausanne, as a token of appreciation from Belgium to Switzerland
The man was interested in sports. Like many other Malines creatives, “Neste” Wynants was a member of the Racing Club football club . He even kicked it up to a football player who played champion in the IV division with his Mechelen team. In October 1931 he was replaced by royal decree “Professor of Sculpture” at the Higher Institute in Antwerp to replace the famous Victor Rousseau.