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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.

“Creeping Thistle” (acrylic on canvas 14 x 11 …

“Creeping Thistle” (acrylic on canvas 14 x 11 inches)

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Óleo sobre papel entelado 30/40, 2018

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Woman Reading. Rik Wouters (Fauvism, Belgian, 1882-1916).

Wouters, a painter, sculptor, draughtsman and printmaker, became a pupil at the Academie des Beaux-Arts. There he met Hélène Duerinckx (Nel) who was to become his wife and favourite model.

Wouters focused on studies of light. He chose to depict interiors and stillifes, painted with a spatula and showing an abundant use of colour laid down on cardboard. In 1911 Wouters changed his style, abandoning the use of the spatula and opting for the brush. In order to obtain a maximum of transparency the painter diluted his colours and used absorbing canvases. It resulted in a reduced scale of warm tones and a diminished brilliancy of colours.

The influence of impressionist painters was reflected in his own work where colours gained the illusion of shimmering light.

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Rik Wouters, Woman in Black Reading a Newspaper, 1912


Rik Wouters, Woman in Black Reading a Newspaper, 1912 by geldenkirchen

Hendrik Emil (Rik) Wouters (21 August 1882, Mechelen – 11 July 1916, Amsterdam) was a Belgian fauvist painter and sculptor. Wouters was educated at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

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Nel reading in bed   –     

Rik Wouters , 1915


watercolour and ink on paper

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.

When he was six years old, his mother died. At the age of twelve, he watched the school and started working as a woodcarver in his father’s furniture workshop. He attended local academy and became acquainted with Ernest Wijnants. Together they went to Theo Blickx’s studio. Artistically he originally expressed himself as a sculptor, after which he first worked out his ambitions in color and made a name for himself as a painter.

When he turned 17, he went to the Brussels academy. He hardly kept it until he had to become a soldier. He found his sweetheart there: Nel, a young model, born as Hélène Philomène Lionardine Duerinckx. Nel was sixteen years and four years younger than Wouters. It became the great love and they got married on April 15, 1905. Nel will totally master his short life and inspire the artist. She became his muse and his model.

The young couple move into a small house in Watermaal. Sensuous happiness and bitter poverty went hand in hand. The village, the houses and Nel become Riks most important models. To make a living, they go to live with father, but Nel can not live there. Rik then worked a time for a manufacturer of porcelain and for his father, but he does not last that long. Not willing to make concessions, he wants to paint. In 1907 they moved to Bosvoorde near the Sonian Forest and rented a simple house for eighteen francs a month. The then 25-year-old painter has already exhibited several works. With a nude sculpture called Dromerij he achieves a second prize in a fairly prestigious youth competition. He thus receives a state allowance of 500 francs, with which he can pay two years’ rent. He is looking for his own style at work of the time, made out of necessity on cardboard. He imitates the then fashionable styles but also opposes it. Wouters wants to capture the light without falling into pointillistic dots. Wouters lightness in his work rather depends on the composition, of harmony and contrast in which color surfaces begin to lead their own existence on the canvas. In this he already leans towards the abstract. Rik Wouters then wrote in a letter: Life is painting, sculpture and drawing. Wouters was always busy with his work, they saved their food to buy expensive paint. In the meantime Edgard Tytgat and Willem Paerels have become friends. That same year Rik makes a bust of Tytgat in plaster. It will never be cast in bronze during his lifetime. Under the care of the Brussels gallery Giroux, this happened later. The sculpture currently belongs to the collection of the Brussels Royal Museum of Fine Arts.

The material constraints are somewhat resolved by a contract with the Brussels Giroux in 1911. Rik Wouters is apparently the first Belgian artist to commit to a gallery with a contract. On the other hand, it points to the confidence that a gallery owner places in a young artist, with all the associated risks. He receives a monthly fee of 200 francs (BEF), which, however, was not paid as regularly and a credit to a painter’s shop. His total production, both painting and sculptures and drawings, had to be put on sale at Giroux, on the basis of 50/50. In addition, the gallerist took a job every month.

In the midst of a feverishly busy sculpting, drawing and painting, Rik Wouters, in 1912 and 1913, realized the masterly highlights from his short career. He painted and drew almost continuously and in 1912 he made fifty canvases. “The crazy violence” and “Domestic worries”, of course to the Nel model, and the magnificent bust of James Ensor are the famous sculptures from those years. With the canvasses, “De strijkster”, again Nel herself, is an indisputable color vortex to the fauvistic model. After a successful sale at the Giroux gallery, Rik and Nel traveled together for a few weeks to Paris to admire, in colors, the works of painters such as Renoir and Paul Cézanne. In addition, in the same year, the crowning with the “Picard prize” worth 600 francs. He lends another 10 000 francs, buys a building plot, signs the building plans for a workman’s home. In the spring of 1914, Rik and Nel moved into the new home. In this house, Wouters painted his Wife in blue in front of the mirror. It is a typical canvas of his, sketchy set up with extremely mobile juxtaposed color surfaces in which a mirror looks at a woman and seems to be dizzy. He also sells a work to the Belgian State.

In 1915 the symptoms of his fatal disease are clear: jawbone cancer. Already in 1912 he had complained about increasingly common headaches. Nel comes to him and he is released. Together they will live in Amsterdam in an apartment on the third Kostverlorenkade nr 37, third floor. He gets a first exhibition there and shows the wry “Rik with black eye dressing”. Short consecutive surgeries do not provide a solution for his cancer on the upper jaw. He undergoes intensive X-ray and radium irradiation that offer no relief. That same year he paints his Self-Portrait with the black eye-patch.

A second exhibition was organized in Amsterdam in 1916. Nel testifies about Rik’s last winter as follows: The bleak winter of 1915-1916 hangs over Amsterdam like a shroud of sleet and snow. It was during one of those sad days that the disease resurfaced. His voice is hollow and it is painful to see him eat. He can only get fluid things in, and then only, like his daily connection, through the opening of his broken jawbone. This link in the back of his mouth stinks and liquid food makes him feel disgusted. The prospect of long sleepless nights, in desperate struggle against pain, makes him desperate. He can not lie down, walked around in circles like crazy. Not even 34 years old, Rik Wouters dies after a painful eye cancer in Amsterdam. His wife, Nel, stayed in Amsterdam until 1919 after Wouters’ death, after which she returned to Belgium. She remarried with a doctor, represented Riks artistic interests and died in 1971, 85 years old.
Five years after Nels’s return, Rik’s remains were deposited in the cemetery of Watermael-Boitsfort, close to his home. In the garden wall of their house Nel had the brick of Rick’s grave in Amsterdam bricked in as a memory.

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Rik Wouters (Belgian, 1882-1916), Femme à la fenêtre [Woman at the window], c.1912. Ink, brush and blue watercolour on paper, 30.5 x 44 cm.

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.

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Rik Wouters – Portrait de femme, blouse bleue (1915)

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.