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Victor Servranckx

(1897—1965)


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Belgian painter, sculptor, designer, and writer on art, born at Diegem, near Brussels. From 1912 to 1917 he studied at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, where his fellow students included Magritte and Pierre-Louis Flouquet (1900–67). Servranckx was a brilliantly successful student (he won the Académie's Grand Prix) and while still very young he was one of the pioneers of abstract art in his country: his first one-man show—at the Giroux Gallery, Brussels in 1917—was the first exhibition in Belgium to include abstract art. His early works often carried a suggestion of machine imagery (like those of his fellow pioneer Flouquet). In about 1927 his style changed under the influence of visionary experiences, and he tried to celebrate what he regarded as the essential cosmic unity of life in sinuous, whirling forms. After the Second World War he returned to a more sober style, but freer and more flexible than his early work. Servranckx also made abstract sculpture and worked as a designer of carpets and furniture. From 1932 he taught at the École des Arts Industriels et Décoratifs d'Ixelles in Brussels.

From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Art.


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