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 Henry (Henri) Cassiers  (1858 - 1944)

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Lived/Active: Netherlands/Belgium      Known for: genre, landscape and marine painting, chromolithograph

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Henri Cassiers was born in 1858 in Antwerp.  In Brussels he studied architecture under P. Saintenoy.  He also followed courses at “La Patte de Dindon” Vrije Academie in Brussels and in Antwerp at “St. Josse-Ten-Noode” Academie as well as the Fine Arts Academy.

His mentors included Henri Stacquet (1836-1906) and Charles William Bartlett (1860-1940).  In 1881 he put on his first exhibition and subsequently traveled extensively in England, Scotland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy and The Netherlands.

Like many of his contemporaries, among whom were Willy Sluiter, Auguste Hanicotte, Nico Jungman and Edward Penfield, when he came to Holland he spent most of his time in Zeeland, the villages around today’s IJsselmeer (before completion of the Afsluitdijk in 1932 still open sea: the Zuiderzee) and Katwijk.

Like a number of other foreign artists he stayed at Hotel Spaander in Volendam on several occasions.  In fact silent film from this period exists in which he can be seen acting together with various members of the Spaander family.

In The Netherlands a number of original works by Henri Cassiers can be viewed at museums in Volendam, Enkhuizen, Harderwijk, Katwijk and Middelburg.

Henri Cassiers was adept in a variety of techniques including graphic art, crayon, etchings, lithographs, water color, gouache and oils.

His favorite medium was water color, and he was to become president of the Société Royale Belge des Aquarellistes.  As illustrator he created numerous designs for posters, book illustrations, postcards and menu cards.

Cassiers exuded a cheerful, optimistic approach to life and was a technically skilful painter who placed the accent on the picturesque.

His style was figurative and illustrative while his themes often featured country life, village and city views, fishermen, boats and traditional dress.

Henri Cassiers received awards for his work:
Gold medals: Cologne 1889, Turin 1902, Barcelona 1907, Munich 1909.
Silver medals: Brussels 1897, St. Louis 1904, Liege 1905.
Grand Prix: Milan 1906.

His work was purchased by museums in Belgium (Brussels, Antwerp and Bruges), France (Dinant and Paris) and Luxembourg as well as by private collectors.

Source: Henri Cassiers, Holland Anno, published 2010. 
Submitted by Olaf Klyn Photography


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Henry Cassiers began his studies as a student of architecture at the Academy of Brussels.  He then went to work at the office of an architect but after frequent travels to Holland his interest in art was piqued by the English painter, Charles Bartlett.

Cassiers began working in gouache and watercolor and produced postcards for an editor in Brussels as well as tourist posters for maritime companies.  He later focused his attention on watercolors and gouaches, primarily painting cityscapes and canal scenes of Holland and Belgium. 

Cassiers eventually became a member of Independent Academy of Brussels, then the president of the Royal Society of Belgian Watercolorists.

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