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 Enrique D'Aoust  (1906 - 1982)

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Lived/Active: Mexico/Belgium      Known for: landscapes, still-lives, portraits

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Enrique d'Aoust Jacquet was a Belgian born painter who portrayed on canvas the essence and feelings of  Mexican people.
 
He left his home at 18 and traveled aound Europe for a while.  After he returned to his native country, he went back to school, first, to the Academy of Design in Verviers, then to the Saint Luc's School of Art in Liege.  A few year later, he also obtained a doctorate degree in philosophy and literature.
 
He reappeared in Spain, where he worked as a professor of French language and Literature at the University of Barcelona.  In 1932 he was appointed German professor in the Escola Normal de la Generalitat.

He was exiled from Spain in 1940, immigrated to Mexico and decided to devote himself to painting.  In the beginning, his landscapes, still lives, and portraits had dark and cloudy backgrounds, similar to his country, Belgium, eventually, his eyes became used to the bright blue sky of Mexico, the green valleys, and the colorful flowers.

Then he experienced a transformation which led him to portray the beauty of Mexico, displaying  Indian women, poppies, volcanoes, and luminous background. His images have a classical line of bright colors and figures with smooth traces, that reveal the teaching of Flemish painters, who were his first professors.

Besides being a pupil and friend of the painter Julio Romero de Torres, and admirer of Diego Rivera in Mexico, he demonstrated  the strong influence these artists had on him in his work.

In 1982, Enrique d'Aoust passed away in Mexico City wher he lived most of his life.


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