Thank you, Guy Vandenbranden.
Barely one week after Mark Verstockt, Guy Vandenbranden (seated in photo) deceased today. In a short time we have to say farewell to two artists we worked with closely.
Guy Vandenbranden (1926) is one of the most important figures in our country from the second generation of geometric abstracts. He was the key person for the renewal of the geometric abstract movement that was initiated by the artists around De Stijl, shortly after the Second World War. His work and his influence on the Flemish and international art world is very important, especially with his work from the 50s and 60s is considered very authoritative.
As part of our recent publication on the work of French artist Geneviève Claisse, Guy Vanden Branden was mentionned in one breath together with Mark Verstockt by Ernest Van Buynder, president of the Friends of the MuHKA. The same author brought a tribute to the artist in 2013 with an academic session on his work in the context of the exhibition OverZicht at the Kunstzolder solo show in Eeklo. Our last personal encounter with the artist was last week at the Verbeke Foundation on the commemoration of Mark Verstockt.