Achilles De Maertelaere was quite fond of mythological themes. The most well-known scenes are undoubtedly those of "Leda and the Swan".
In May of last year, a previously unknown painting by Achilles Bentos came to the forefront in a sale at the Vanderkinderen Auction House. A naked woman is looking at the viewer, partly covering her body with a golden yellow sheet. The frame is original and, as we often see in our painter's work, somewhat baroque.
On February 17, 1934, Belgian King Albert I died in Marche-les-Dames in a mountaineering accident. Very quickly, the merchants of Ghent launched a subscription for the erection of a statue in his honour. After much discussion and tribulations, it was decided to launch an art competition, reserved for artists from Ghent and East Flanders, for a...
In the face of the pandemic that confines us all and whose end we cannot (yet) really see, we all pay tribute to the nursing staff. Indirectly, this blog page is a tribute to all of them.
Achilles De Maertelaere studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Ghent, from 1894-1895. He was then only twelve years old.
One of the outstanding blogs about Ghent is written by Geert Vandamme. It is a very extensive blog, with an unbelievable amount of information about the history of Ghent, about the culture in Ghent, etc. The blog now has dozens of long and exceptionally well-documented pages.
Although never married and, as far as we know, never in relation to a woman, Achilles De Maertelaere-Bentos has painted many portraits of women. Some of these portraits are among the most expressive portraits he has made.
The "Westerbergraafplaats" in Ghent has had an eventful history of its origins. Indeed, in the second half of the 19th century, the city council decided that non-Catholics (Protestants, Jews, liberals) could also be buried there, which led to a great deal of resistance from the church authorities at the time. The cemetery was nicknamed...
Around 1915 Achilles De Maertelaere painted a series of canvases intended to serve as decor for the Café Bentos in the Lammerstraat, 15 in Ghent. There are scenes from Japan, Africa, America, etc. As far as we know, De Maertelaere has never been to these countries. He must have worked on the basis of photographic material. One canvas depicts Cairo,...