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 Antoine (Anto) Carte  (1886 - 1954)

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Lived/Active: Belgium      Known for: religious figure painting, illustration, drawing, engravings

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Antoine Carte was a painter Belgian whose work lies at the edge of symbolism, naturalism and expressionism, sometimes close in style to that of Käthe Kollwitz.  His subjects are inspired by the lives of miners, farmers, fishermen. 

He was the son of a carpenter and furniture maker, and spent fourteen years in the studio of the painter, designer, and entrepreneur Frantz Depooter. From 1897 to 1908, he attended the Academy of Mons and Brussels, and studied with Constant Montald, Émile Fabry and Jean Delville, three important Symbolist painters who exerted a profound influence on him.

In 1912 and 1913, a scholarship allowed him to go to Paris where he stayed with Cavaillé-Coll and Léon Bakst and worked for the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev. He also met Emile Verhaeren in Paris and discovered the work of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Maurice Denis. In 1917, his friend, the painter Louis Buisseret, exhibited drawings made by Émile Verhearen and Antoine Carte.

In 1923, on the occasion of his Paris exhibition "Imagiers The Belgians", held with Gustave Van de Woestijne, Valerius De Saedeleer, Isidore Opsomer and Marcel Wolfers, he came into contact with the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh in the United States. There in 1925 a major retrospective of his work was held, which ensured long-term success with the American public.

From 1929 to 1932, he taught at the Higher Institute of Decorative Arts of La Cambre in Brussels and then from 1932 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. In 1928, he founded an expressionist style group with his friends.  He also produced drawings, engravings, book illustrations, posters, lithographs, banknotes, stamps, fresco design, stained glass windows and carpets.


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