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Winter in Brabant (1888), oil on canvas, 27,5 x 35 cm., Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo b

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Winter in Brabant (1888), oil on canvas, 27,5 x 35 cm., Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo b

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William Degouve de Nuncques, Winter in Brabant (1888), oil on canvas, 27,5 x 35 cm., Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

William Degouve de Nuncques was born at Monthermé, the Ardennes, France, of an old aristocratic family, After the Franco-Prussian war (1870–71), his parents settled in Belgium, and he taught himself to paint. In 1894 he married fellow artist Juliette Massin, who introduced him to the circle of Symbolist poets, who had a considerable influence on his style. He belonged to the avant-garde group Les XX and later exhibited at La Libre Esthétique. He travelled widely and painted views of Italy, Austria and France, often of parks at night. His best-known pictures, Pink House (1892), The Angels (1894), and Peacocks (1896), demonstrate the magical quality of his work. Pink House is thought to have been a major influence on Surrealism, especially the paintings of René Magritte.

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