Maurice Boel

Pioneer of post-war abstraction

April 26 - June 14, 2018

Opening on Thursday April 26, 2018, from 7 pm to 10 pm

Introduction by Ernest Van Buynder, chairman of friends M HKA

Visit the exhibition: from Wednesday to Saturday, from 1 pm to 6 pm

Callewaert Vanlangendonck Gallery

Wolstraat 21 – 23 2000 Antwerp

Callewaert Vanlangendonck Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by Maurice Boel, featuring previously unseen works from the artist’s estate that will be shown in public for the first time. The exhibition focuses on key paintings and drawings from the 1950s and 60s.

Maurice Boel, Ostend 1913-1998.

Maurice Boel studied at the Royal Academy in Brussels and at the Free Academy ‘La Grande Chaumière’ in Paris (1950).
He had an intense contact with James Ensor from an early age.
He was strongly influenced by Permeke’s expressionism but evolved into a colorful, dreamy fantasy representation in which he used form combinations and overlapping structures. He left the figuration and gradually evolved into a geometric, lyrical abstraction with retention of color and rhythm. His works have a well thought-out structure with rhythmic vertical lines and irregular surfaces.
Maurice Boel held his first solo exhibition in 1938 in the gallery ‘Studio’ in Ostend. James Ensor, who was nevertheless known for his cynical behavior towards young talents, insisted on writing the introduction and praised him with all praise. He ended with the words “Boel, Boel, Boel is good!” An art critic wrote as follows: ‘He is a striver, he is a seeker. He lives through time, we can expect the best from him’.
On the intercession of Permeke and Queen Elisabeth he got the offer in 1947 to hold an exhibition in the Palais des Beaux-Arts (the current BOZAR), where he received praise from, among others, the painter Edgar Tytgat. In the same year he held an exhibition in the Kursaal of Ostend and at Zaal Pan in Ghent.
He left for Italy in 1960, had an exhibition in Florence together with Anne Dubois and worked in Rome at the Academia Belgica. In 1961 he gave an exhibition together with Camille De Taye and Jeanne Rucquoi. Later in the same year he exhibits his Italian works in the Kursaal in Ostend.
In 1966 he held his fifth exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.