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William Degouve de Nuncques


William Degouve de Nuncques



(b Monthermé, France, 28 Feb 1867; d Stavelot, 1 March 1935).

Belgian painter of French birth. After the Franco-Prussian war (1870–71), his parents settled in Belgium. Although self-taught, he was advised by Jan Toorop, with whom he shared a studio, and later lived with Henry de Groux. In 1894 he married Juliette Massin, a painter and Emile Verhaeren’s sister-in-law, who introduced him to the circle of Symbolist poets. His art, which bears the influence of poetry, transfigures reality in the sense that it affords a view of the invisible. Degouve de Nuncques belonged to the avant-garde group Les XX and later exhibited at the Libre Esthétique. He travelled widely and painted views of Italy, Austria and France, often of parks at night. He excelled in the use of pastel. Two works, in particular, demonstrate the magical quality of his work: Pink House (1892; Otterlo, Kröller–Müller) and Peacocks (1896; Brussels, Mus. A. Mod.).



The Angels of the Night


The Black Swan



Boy with Owl



The Shuttered House


Nocturnal Effect



Night in Venice


La mare de sang


Le Puig Major, Ile Majorque


Grotto of Manacor, Mallorca





Tempete a la Cote Nord


Nocturne in the Parc Royal, Brussels


Parc de Milan



Nuit a Bruges


Como Lake

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