Victor Gilsoul was a precocious talent who from the age of 12 was impressing regulars at the pub he was raised in. His parents Leopold and Thérèse ran the pub, which was popular with local painters and artists. Despite the protestations of his father, Victor was keen to pursue painting as a career - encouraged by the glowing reviews of those around him.
By the age of 17, his work had been shown at the prestigious salon in Brussels and he’d also won first prize at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. And by 30, he was selling works to royalty including King Leopold II and the Prince of Bavaria.
However, despite his successes, he also suffered some low points including a stay in a psychiatric hospital following a conviction for arson. This coincided with the separation from his wife.
Today, Gilsoul’s paintings can be found in several public collections including in Luxembourg, Namur, Ostende, Mons, Dordrecht, Brighton and Barcelona.
Studied: Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp
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