VICTOR OLIVIER GILSOUL (BELGIAN, 1867-1939)
Victor Gilsoul was born in Brussels, Belgium on September 10, 1867. He was a painter of landscapes, marines, urban sights, figures and architecture. He was also a watercolorist.
Gilsoul was a student at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts and was taught by the famed master teachers and artists, Francois Courtens and Louis Artan. He was awarded his first prize by the Academy in 1882.
Gilsoul's first exhibit was at the group show Voorwaarts in Belgium at the Brussels Salon in 1884. He continued to exhibit quite successfully at the Brussels Salon for sometime as well as at the famed Paris Salon and the Salon des Artistes Francais, also in Paris. In 1900, King Leopold II of Belgium honored Gilsoul and ordered a series of landscapes of Belgium for his private collection as well as several compositions for his yacht, “Alberta." That same year, he was awarded a silver medal at the Paris World's Fair and a gold medal in Munich.
Gilsoul became a master teacher at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts (NHISKA) from 1924 through 1930. He was honored by the King of Belgium and awarded “Knight of the Order of Leopold."
Today, Gilsoul's works can be found in important public and private collections, worldwide, including the Musee Charlier, the Musee des Beaux Arts, the Town Hall in Brussels, the Antwerp Museum of Fine Arts, the Bruges Museum, the Petit Palais in Paris, and museums located in Mons, Namur, Ostende, Luxembourg, Barcelona, Brighton and Dordrecht.