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|Joseph Michotte was born in Brussels, Belgium on September 1,
1898. A well schooled artist he first entered the Royal Academy
of Beaux Arts in Brussels at the early age of 13 and was awarded his
first Gold Medal there at the age of 21. He left Belgium in 1940
at the beginning of World War II, traveling to Morocco, England, the
Caribbean, Canada, and finally to the US. |
He settled in New York City and found many Belgian friends who had
attended the World's Fair in 1939 and had been stranded there by the
war, unable to return home to Belgium.
He brought his wife, Linne, from Belgium to New York after the war, and
they traveled together throughout the US and Mexico. He was later
commissioned by the Belgian Government to travel to the Congo, and
paint the culture. In this endeavor, he made three trips, and he
had several exhibitions there. However, most of his work from the
Congo was destroyed during a later revolution.
In 1948, he won the first place medals at exhibitions at the United
Nations and at Lake Success, New York. He later won first place
at an exhibition in East Hampton, New York and his work is now
represented there at the East Hampton Art Museum. He also exhibited at
the Cord Galleries in Southampton, NY, the Sagittarius Gallery
(November of 1958), and the Park-Bennett Gallery, both in New York
Joseph Michotte was primarily known for his Boudinesque style of
painting. He admired Rembrandt and French artist George
Boudin. He is best known for his paintings in oil and watercolor,
pencil sketches, and etchings. Most of his etchings were done in the
1930s, and examples of these are part of the permanent collection of
the Museum of Ancient Art in Brussels.
He was a member of the Belgian Academy of Beaux Arts.
Joseph Michotte died in New York City in May of 1964.
Submitted February, 2007 by Michael R. Perez, Collector and Art Historian, MP Consulting
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