Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss

HENRI VAN ASSCHE- MEMORIAL MEDAL

HART, Laurent Joseph: Belgium, 1841, Bronze, 67 mm
Obv: Bust of Henri Van Assche    HENRI VAN ASSCHE
Rev: Artists' supplies    LES ARTISTES A HENRI VAN ASSCHE NE A BRUXELLES EN 1775 MORT LE 10 AVRIL 1841
Signed: HART. FECIT.
Ref:  Forrer II, p. 433;  Weiss BW152

Henri van Assche (1775-1841), a Flemish painter from Brussels, Belgium, was taught first by his father, an amateur painter, and then by Jean-Baptiste de Roy. His paintings, which were exhibited at the Ghent Salon, were largely landscapes. He was principally attracted to picturesque and hilly countrysides and tried to capture nature at its most forceful; in particular, settings that were in some way unusual, such as streams, waterfalls, mountains and closely observed rock formations. His concern for objectivity sometimes led to an emphasis on mere description of his subject at the expense of conveying its further evocative or symbolic value. Later in his career he left his native Belgium and traveled to Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the Low Countries, where he continued painting landscapes which he exhibited on his return at various Salons across the country. (from www.groveart.com)
This medal was issued on his death to commemorate his work.

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