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Louis Van Lint

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Brussels 1909, Kraainem 1986

Louis Van Lint was born in Brussels on the 25th of December, 1909. He was active as a painter. Van Lint studied at the Académie Saint-Josse. In 1941 he founded with Anne Bonnet (1908-1960) and Gaston Bertrand (1910-1994), the group La route libre. In 1941, Van Lint had his first solo exhibition at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. As from 1945 he was a member of Jeune Peinture Belge and in 1948 he took part in the Venice Biennale. During the war, his work evolved from a staid expressionism to an almost ‘caricatural’ realistic expressionism. Shortly after the war, he was so struck by the Jeune peinture française, and especially by Jean René Bazaine (1904-2001) that a total change took place in his work. As from 1947 he completely turned to abstraction. It is though that he came into contact with CoBrA in 1949 and hereafter he went to work at the Ateliers du Marais. His works were included at the exhibition in Liege in 1951. In the works that he created in the years 1949 to 1951, it is noticeable that the composition is dominated by fierce movements that seem to be based on a powerful signature. The dark colors and figures that sometimes appear to suggest a mysterious fantasy world. These works show no clear relationship to that of the other CBbrA members and seem more akin to that of Bazaine and the shape and color experiments of the painters of the Jeune Peinture Française. Even in his later works in which he evolved again to a lyrical abstract style using geometric methods of painting as an extension.

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