Henry de Groux
Belgian, 1867 - 1930
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Painter, sculptor and lithographer, he exhibited at l'Essor and then with the Groupe des XX established in Brussels in Octave Maus. In his youth he shared a studio with his friend William Degouve de Nuncques. His earliest works stirred up fervent admiration and violent criticism, which contributed to his notoriety. In 1888 he painted 'Christ Tormented' (Le Christ aux outrages) which met with great success but also some virulent attacks. First shown in Brussels, this painting was presented in Paris in 1892 where numerous artists and writers came to admire it. He was considered one of the painters who had best incarnated the tragic character of his era. After his allegorical, religious and historical compositions he became an inspired witness of the First World War (1914-1918) as much in his big canvases as in his vivid pastels: he showed terrifying scenes of pillage, fire, fleeing refugees, peopled with dead bodies and skeletons. He engraved numerous series of lithographs, did illustrations for 'Le Livre secret de Péladan' and carved busts of Baudelaire and Wagner.
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