Jean Govaerts, Portrait Of A Friend


This mid-20th-century oil on canvas by Belgian artist Jean Govaerts (1897-1985) depicts a seated friend. His eyes are heavy and he carries a weary expression. He’s leaning forward as if interacting. Can you imagine the conversation?

This accomplished work is, for us, one of Govaerts finest. It exudes character and communicates an unusual mood in muted tones.

Govaerts trained at the Brussels Academy and several of his works are held in public collections including the Museum of Brussels.

Signed, inscribed and framed.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 38½” x 47” / 98cm x 120cm
Year of creation: c. 1940
Condition: Craquelure but the paint is stable. A few minor losses. Frame with some wear.

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