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May 17, 2024

Henri Cassiers: The Most Outstanding Flemish Poster Artist in the Late 19th Century

Born 1858 in Antwerp, Belgian Art Nouveau artist and illustrator Henri Cassiers was largely self-taught as a painter in watercolours, he became a skilful draughtsman. In 1881, he had his first exhibition of paintings, which went well, and gave up on architecture.

After 1881, Cassiers continued to exhibit and to travel. He had successful exhibitions in Brittany, England, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and other countries. He established his focus on commercial illustration, and his work was featured in well-known newspapers, magazines, hotels, restaurants, and resorts.

Some of his most notable work was for Le Patriot Illustré, and his posters include several for the seaside town of De Haan. He also designed postcards.

Cassiers died in 1944, aged 85. Here is some of his work.

A View of Bruges

A Windmill near Volendam

Canal in the South of Flanders

Corner in Flanders

Dutch Sailing Village

Fishermen in the harbor of Hoorn near the main tower

Loading the Barge

Mill in Volendam

Quai de Roscoff

Sloops Against a City

Stranded Fishing Boats

Street in Veere

The Dyle in Mechelen

The Grand Place in Brussels

The Harbor

The Parade

View at the Oude Kerk in Katwijk aan Zee

View of Lively Bruges

View of Lively Bruges

View of Lively Bruges

View of Lively Bruges

View of the Gouden Handrei in Bruges

View of the Smedenpoort in Bruges

View of Zierikzee (Zeeland)


Washerwoman under the Mill

Washerwomen at the Harbor



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