FRANS MINNAERT (1929 – 2011)
Frans Minnaert’s earliest work was close to expressionism, and in the 1960s, after study trips to Yugoslavia, Japan and South Africa, he gradually moved towards the new representation of the time. The contact with South-African landscapes (deserts, rocks, lush vegetation) and the confrontation with the expressions of a culture that is still very close to nature allowed him to express, in a very personal way, the birth and growth of life, the birth of species, creation, etc. Another important development in his work was the decision to paint on untreated brown canvas. This enabled Frans Minnaert to work in a more spontaneous and impulsive way. He never creates a work of art from a project but rather from an idea. And this idea only takes form during the creative process.