Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rik Wouters in Mechelen

Rik Wouters, born and bred in Mechelen (Malin),got his permanent place in his native town. His paintings and sculptures are exhibited in the beautiful medieval building that is sympathetically renovated and is very Flemish like Rik Wouters himself. Till 1911 he was more a sculptor, than a painter, but his passion for colour won and during the last years of his short life he painted a lot. Among Rik's sketches I found a drawing of this bridge.  While drawing he he could clearly see the bridge, this beautiful house (below) and the tower of this very peculiar cathedral.

The name of Rik Wouters is not very well known outside Belgium. He looked like this

He was crazy about his wife Nel

He died when he was 34.

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