ANTOINE MORTIER (1908 – 1999)
Antoine Mortier followed evening classes at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels whilst at the same time working at a wide range of different jobs. He quickly showed a preference for drawing and painting. Confronted with the realities of existence and with the tragic events of the war, Mortier expresses his innermost emotions in a tormented, moving and expressive art. From then on, Mortier expressed himself with powerful signs, imposing shapes and glowing colours which incite emotion, passion, exaltation, aggression, tenderness, obsession, mystery and death. Antoine Mortier was a member of the “Jeune Peinture Belge” (Young Belgian painting) and was an isolated forerunner of what is known today as “Action Painting”. Although the form is abstract, he can be compared with Permeke. His works have a monumental character.