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Theodore Gerard
(Belgian, 1829-1895)
A Family Scene, 1866
Oil on panel, 27 1/2 × 21 inches
Signed and dated at lower left: "Th.re Gerard. 1866"
Inscribed on panel verso (in paint): "La Conssigne declare que/le Tableau a contre/est original/Th.re Gerard" 

RS 1954


Theodore Gerard was born in Ghent in 1829 to a family network of decorative painters and studied in that city's academy with Theodore Canneel and Vanderplaetsen. His first works were copies made for an antiquarian, Paul Flit, and then for Plaspera in Brussels where he settled in 1857.

Gerard painted and traveled in Switzerland, Austria-Hungary, and Germany. His paintings show a German influence, painted directly from nature in the style of the Düsseldorf artists Ludwig Knaus (1829–1910) and Benjamin Vautier (1829–1898). He was an extremely successful genre artist, exhibiting in Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp, and in England, France, Austria, and Australia. He won gold medals in exhibitions in London in 1871, in Vienna in 1873, in Brussels in 1875, and in Philadelphia in 1870.

Theodore Gerard became a teacher at the Brussels Academy of Fine Arts and was a Knight of the Order of Leopold. He died in Belgium in 1895. The Brussels Museum, the Ghent Museum, the Courtrai Museum and the Antwerp Museum all have his works.



  


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