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Pierre Oliver Joseph Coomans (1816-1889)

Oil on Canvas
Signed and dated 1867
Size (inches): 22 (h) x 32 (w) inches
Size (cm): 55.9 (h) x 81.3 (w) cm

Born in Brussels, Belgium in 1816 and was known as one of Belgium’s most celebrated 19th century painters of historic subjects, genre scenes and landscapes. Coomans was also a noted illustrator. He attended academies of Ghent and Antwerp and studied painting with three noted Belgium painters of historic genre; Nicaise De Keyser, Gustave Wappers and Pieter Van Hanselaere. He lived in Naples from 1856 to 1860, where his exposure to antique painting would inspire his own Pompeian style. He settled in Paris in 1860 where he exhibited regularly at the Paris salons.