Louis Charles Verwee
(1832 - 1882)
Louis Charles Verwee was active/lived in Belgium. Louis Charles Verwee is known for interior scene, figure, portrait painting.
Louis-Charles Verwée was born into a family of artists. His father, Louis-Pierre Verwée, was a famous landscapes and animals painter of the Romantic school, just as his brother Alfred-Jacques whose works are exhibited at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Belgium.
He was introduced to painting by his father with whom he studied for several years. The young artist showed talent for portrait and genre painting, and studied at the studios of Alfred Stevens and Gustave Léonard De Jonghe,
He took part in numerous Salons, especially in Brussels in 1854 and in Antwerp in 1861, as well as in Ghent in 1871 and in Amsterdam in 1877. He mainly exhibited interior scenes with an anecdotal touch. He painted genre scenes on the spot and liked to paint people, mainly young women, busy in their everyday life.
As a gifted portraitist, he carried out wonderful portraits of women in a style quite similar to Stevens’, De Jonghe’s or Baugniet’s. Within this classical school, he embodied the modern trend together with painter Charles Hermans. The artist was also renowned for his depictions of working class people such as The knife sharpener and won over king Leopold II with Diplomacy, which is housed in the royal collections.