Frans Hens - Le Voilier en Mer

Frans Hens - Le Voilier en Mer
Etching - Hand signed - ca 1910

Etching by Frans Hens on a large sheet of laid (Hahnemühle) paper with two fishermen in a small boat bringing in a net. Fully signed and numbered in pencil, also signed in the plate. This is no. 17 in an edition of 50 copies.

Plate: 16 x 24 cm.
Paper: 39 x 53 cm.

*Frans Hens (Antwerp, 1 August 1856 - there, 11 May 1928) was a Belgian post-impressionist artist, draughtsman, watercolourist, and graphic artist. He is especially known as a Scheldt painter. He was also a pioneer of African art. Apparently, Frans Hens was a bit adventurous, because he worked as a circus acrobat in Germany for a time.

Frans Hens sought inspiration for his works along the Scheldt, in the Kempen, in the Polders and by the sea. The harbour painting was accepted as an independent genre that, in addition to Frans Hens, had several prominent representatives: Richard Baseleer, Romain Steppe, Eugeen Van Mieghem and Kurt Peiser. Broadly speaking, Frans Hens' work can be described as rather melancholic with many faces in fog, rain or nightfall.

Together with Florent Crabeels, Henry Van de Velde, Isidore Meyers, Isidoor Verheyden, Jules Schmalzigaug, Frans Van Leemputten, Theodoor Verstraete, Richard Baseleer, Alfred Hazledine, Adriaan Jozef Heymans and Jaak Rosseels, he belonged to the Wechelse School. [Source: Wikipedia]

Lot details
Frans Hens
Title of artwork
Le Voilier en Mer
ca 1910
Hand signed
In very good condition
Sold with frame
Image size
16×24 cm
Total dimensions
39×53×0 cm
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