In the steps of eugene de bie in brittany
He loved Brittany and drew or painted as much the deep character as the picturesque aspects. The region made him discover a particular light that would illuminate all his later work. For this one, he exploited all the resources of an imagination that was confined to the fantastic, the unusual, the creation of characters and scenes that could come out of fairy tales - or dreams often melancholy.
Wim Toebosch - Arts, Antiques, Auctions - Art Brussels - October 2000
Painter of a certain theatricality, of a universe where strange and disturbing characters evolve, painter of a mystery tinged with humor and dreamlike visions, he was also the cantor of Brittany. This region, which he discovered a bit by chance and immediately loved, has become an inexhaustible source of inspiration: fishermen, landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, fantastic compositions bear the imprint. De Bie could have lived another ten, twenty or thirty years. He had in store a beautiful harvest of impressions, sets and projects. And although at the end of his life, his art was moving towards a more refined expression, he nevertheless retained strong roots in human reality. A reality that the painter had enriched with spiritual concerns and to which he had given a fantastic dimension.
Didier Paternoster - September 2004
by Didier Paternoster, ULB Art Historian
Collaborator at the Brussels Museums Council
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