Vermeire, Jules

Vermeire, Jules (1885-1977) – Vermeire was born in Wetteren (Belgium) as son of a stonemason. He went to the evening academy in Gent after which he went to Antwerp. Here he met the Dutch artist Chris Lebeau (1878-1945). After a short stay in Haarlem in 1910 he returned to the Netherlands permanently at the outbreak of World War I. The stones of which he makes his sculptures are carefully sought. He sees the face already present in the structure of the stone. Often he leaves some parts of the roughness of the stone untreated, and combines it with the polished parts. The heads he makes all have a mysterious and introspective glance to it. He also made some beautiful charcoal drawings which he used as an example for his sculpture. In 1919 he had a retrospective exhibition, together with Gustave de Smet (1877-1943), in Amsterdam. He also worked in Brussels and Paris. Besides in stone he also made objects in glass, but also in bronze, horn, wood and ivory. In 1939 he took part at the World exhibition in New York. His work was bought by the “Stedelijk museum” Amsterdam, “Gemeentemuseum” Den Haag, “Boymans van Beuningen” in Rotterdam, “Museum for fine arts” in Brussels. Material: Belgian hard stone. Total height, including socket: 33 cms. Width: 20 cms. Socket:11,5 x 5,5 x 10,5 cms.

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