VICTOR HORTA (1861 – 1947)
Victor Horta was the son of a master cobbler. At the age of twelve he already studied full-time at the Académie des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Academy) at the same time as his secondary schooling because his parents wanted him to manage a weaving workshop. It was only during a trip to Paris that he felt drawn to architecture. Over the following years he concentrated on design. As an apprentice with Alphons Balat, Victor Horta learnt the tricks of the trade, but he already had creativity. This was already obvious from the prizes that he won during his studies. As the pioneer of the Art Nouveau-movement in Belgium, he designed numerous luxurious buildings, many of which have sadly disappeared. Each one of his houses was designed with the people who would live in it in mind. The unique character of his houses meant that his architectural work was reserved for a well-to-do elite.