Claude Verlinde was active/lived in France. Claude Verlinde is known for surreal painting and drawing.
Biography Claude Verlinde
Claude Verlinde is a French painter who works in the vein of "fantastic realism", sometimes called "magic realism", and his work shows the lineage of fantastical art from Bruegel and Bosch to the Surrealists and contemporary magic realists.
I would also suspect that a number of the Surrealists, and certainly contemporary magic realists, were influenced by his work (not to mention the production designers of the Harry Potter movies).
Verlinde's website, which is in French, has works divided into thematic galleries. There is also a section for drawings and watercolors.
His often darkly themed works employ the dark earth tones of the early Renaissance, as well as some of the visual staging and precise rendering characteris
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