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Bram Bogart

1921,Delft - 2012,

Delft 1921, Sint-Truiden 2012

Bram Bogart was born in Delft on the 12th of July, 1921. He worked as a painter. In his younger years, he went to a technical school where he was taught the skills of a house painter. His experiences with mixing paint will later be used by him in his works as an artist. He earns his living by painting billboards for movie theaters. Thanks to the many years of financial support that he received from Robert James Willemsz Bennewitz (1902-1976) and art dealer in The Hague, he is able to develop the necessary skills to become a painter. In the early 40’s, he began to take classes at the Art Academy in The Hague. The first exhibition of his work takes place in Gallery Bennewitz. During the last years of the Second World War Bogart had to hide in Delft. After the war, he stays for a short time in Paris, but he had to return to Delft because of an illness. After his recovery he resides in Southern France; he visits his hometown regularly. In 1951 Bogart moved to Paris; He lived for some time in an old building on the rue Santeuil which serves as an animal skin repository. Members of the CoBrA group (1948), including Karel Appel (1921-2006), Corneille (1922-2010) and Stephen Gilbert (1910-2007) had their studios there. Bogart did not join the group. Several exhibitions in Paris displayed his works. He befriends the Argentine-Italian artist Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) who provides him with support. He also met the Dutch artists Jan Schoonhoven (1914-1994) and Lotti van der Gaag (1923 to 1999). In 1958 he met Leni Fox, whom he married in 1962 and they had three children. in 1959 Bogart moved to Brussels. In the late 50’s he visits Rome (1959-1961), where he works and exhibits at Galerie l’Attico. In 1961 he settled permanently in Belgium. In 1962 he sold for the first time one of his works to a museum, the Museum of Modern Art in Brussels. In 1969, Bogart becomes a Belgian citizen. Fruitful years followed with several exhibitions, including retrospective exhibitions at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent. From 1962 he pays many visits to Sweden. In 1963 he moved to the Manoir d’Ohain where he would live and work until 1987. Bogart received important prizes, including the Prix de l’Association Belge des Critiques d’Art and the Prix Jules Raeymakers (Award of the Royal Academy of Belgium ). He also represents Belgium in 1970 at the Venice Biennale. In 1987, his studio got severely damaged by fire; luckily not many paintings perished. Bogart moved in 1988 to Kortenbos in Sint-Truiden and created many large paintings. Productive years followed with major exhibitions in Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, France and United States. His work is included in collections of major international museums and collectors. Bogart continues to paint, even when he was old of age. He dies in 2012 in the Belgian town of Sint-Truiden.

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