About the artwork
The Belgian / Dutch painter Raoul Hynckes (1893-1973) initially painted mostly impressionistic harbors along the Belgian and Dutch coast and the IJsselmeer, like the river face. In 1914 he was conscripted to the front, but shocked by the violence of war, he deserted and fled to the neutral Netherlands where he continued to live the rest of his life. In 1924 he ended up in an artistic crisis. He broke with Impressionism and destroyed much of his work. In the thirties of the last century, he began painting still lifes in an extremely fine and meticulous style of painting. He is considered one of the Magic Realists and is represented in the collections of Museum MORE, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Arnhem Municipal e.v.a ..
About the Artist
Raoul Hynckes (1893, Brussels – 1973, Blaricum, The Netherlands) was a Dutch artist of Belgian descent. He was a painter, pastellist, decorative painter, illustrator, engraver, graphic designer, woodcutter, furniture designer. He studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts (Academy of Fine Arts) in Brussels from 1907 to 1912. Primarily he painted in an impressionist style (dead trees, still lifes with skulls, etc.). Since the 1930s he belonged to the Magisch Realisme (Magical Realism). He painted still lifes, cityscapes, village views, harbour views, figures, portraits, self-portraits. He also produced posters, postcards, children’s book illustrations. Around 1916, Hynckes designed posters for Philips, also published as postcards. In 1973, he was awarded the Gemeentelijke Cultuurprijs Hilversum. Since 1923, he was a member of the Hollandsche Kunstenaars Kring (Dutch Artists Circle). He wrote an autobiographical book, entitled De vrienden van middernacht, published in 1974 (De Arbeiderspers, Privé-Domein, number24). His works are in the collections of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem; Museum MORE, Gorssel. Hynckes is an important Dutch painter.