Reflections, by Robert Houpels (1877-1943). Oil on Canvas.

Robert Houpels (Belgium, 20th Century)

Reflections, by Robert Houpels (1877-1943).  Oil on Canvas.
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Reflections, by Robert Houpels (1877-1943). Oil on Canvas.

This vibrant representation of trees bordering a pond is very reminiscent of the last water lily paintings of Monet in its bold tonal contrasts and growing sense of abstraction. The canvas is ablaze with autumnal colors which combine to reveal a bonfire of intensity and emotion. Gestural brushstrokes add a rhythmic vibrancy, and the absence of traditional perspective plunges the viewer into the heart of this mesmerizing composition. Signed and dated lower left. Burnished gold gilt modernistic frame.

FRAMED: HEIGHT: 33 in | WIDTH: 38 in
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 25½ in | WIDTH: 29½ in

Origin Belgium
Category Oils
Circadated 1910
Period 20th Century
Style Unspecified

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CONDITION: there are two small patches that appear to have been placed on the back of the canvas a long time ago. there is no apparent damage to the picture surface

THB REF: 9829547113


" Early on in his artistic career, Houpels appeared to be subjugated by the boldness of the French fauve painters, in particular Derain, Matisse and Vlaminck. He created a palette of vibrant, highly contrasted colors that he applied in short, diagonal and circular brushstrokes to createa rhythmic intensity in his compositions. The French post-impressionist movement was stylistically very present in Houpels’ mind as well, with its use of gestural brushwork and juxtaposition of tonalities that heighten the emotional intensity of the pictorial surface. Houpels’ paintings from this period are radiant, revealing an artist who succeeded in dematerializing space, breaking down figure and form and gradually moving towards abstraction.
Houpels moved back to a more painterly, representational style after 1920. His palette became more subdued, and subject matter more traditional, as he added more weight and mass to his compositions