Watercolor on paper of herons or egrets in a marshy area, measuring 21 1/4" by 29 1/4" (54 cm. by 74 cm.), in a 1" wide modern era frame. The painting is firmly signed in ink at lower right and dated 1905. This is, judging from auction records I see, **one of the largest works by this noted Belgian impressionist artist**. Outer was born in the part of Luxembourg closest to Belgium. He studied art in Louvain and Brussels, and in the atelier of Jean-Francois Portaels. Outer was a traveler, visiting the south of France, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Greece and the Middle East. He is known to have met Toulouse-Lautrec and Utrillo, and hung with the "Black Cat" group of Aristide Bruant. Today he is known principally for his sensitively rendered delicate watercolor landscapes, although drawings and a few oils are also recorded. He also did some illustrations for turn of the century publications. I see from the net that something like 350 works are recorded, and a catalog raisonne is in the works. This example is remarkably fresh for a painting executed over 100 years ago. There is a little soiling under the glass in the central sky, appearing in the images as light smudges, and at upper right corner there is some heavier soiling/foxing (ask for more detailed photos). No doubt, these flaws could be handled by a professional paper restorer. The frame is of a modern period and though functional it doesn't complement the work. ALLOW FOR REFLECTIONS IN GLASS IN FIRST FEW IMAGES, ESPECIALLY AT LEFT.
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