Marie Van Humbeeck-Piron: 'Portrait Cardinal Mercier' - Eau-forte engraving - Belgium - 1918
Exceptional eau-forte engraving by the Belgian artist Marie Van Humbeeck-Piron (1888-1969) with a portrait of the Archbishop of Mechelen, Cardinal Mercier. Signed by the artist, titled and dated July 21, 1918. With the seal of the Archdiocese of Mechelen and the text 'Apostolus Jesu Christi'. In a beautiful faux tortue frame. From Maison P. Verdussen. The house-studio was built in 1901 by Paul Hamesse for the Brussels painter Paul Verdussen (1868-1945), one of the founders and secretary of the Le Sillon circle, who ran an artist's studio around 1900.
Marie Van Humbeeck-Piron was a Belgian artist, born in Philippeville in 1888 and died in Herent in 1969. She was a painter, pastelist and graphic artist. She was the wife of Pierre Van Humbeeck. She received her training at the Academy in Leuven and at the Academy in Brussels, under the guidance of Delville and Richir. She realized city and seascapes, landscapes, forest views and portraits. Marie Piron is mentioned in BAS I and Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists. (Piron)
Désiré Félicien François Joseph Mercier (21 November 1851 in Braine-l'Alleud - 23 January 1926 in Brussels) was a Belgian philosopher, archbishop, metropolitan and cardinal. On February 7, 1906 he was appointed Archbishop of Mechelen and created cardinal in 1907. He remained archbishop until his death in 1926. He became known for his courageous attitude towards the Germans during the First World War. His pastoral letters, which expressed the resistance of the population against the German occupation, earned him great respect in his own country and among the Allies. After 1918 he showed more concern for national unity, on the basis of which he fought the demands of the Flemish Movement and, among other things, strongly opposed the Dutchization of education in Flanders, and in particular university education.
Status report: in good condition
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