Alfred Théodore Joseph Bastien (BELGIAN, 1873-1955) oil painting on wood plank, depicting a forest path during autumn, signed lower left “A. Bastien”. Old paper label verso “Encadrements d’Art, J. Bessem, 37 Rue De Ruysbroeck, Bruxelles”. Framed in wood and gessoed frame. Measures 32in x 28in framed and 23in x 19in image only. Condition: Painting in excellent condition, frame has chipped gesso at bottom right. Alfred Theodore Joseph Bastien attended the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Ghent, where he studied with Jean Delvin. He then enrolled in the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, where he studied with Jean-François Portaels. He won the Prix Godecharle there in 1897. He traveled to Paris, where he enrolled in the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was in Paris when hostilities broke out in what would become the First World War. Among his students was Wu Zuoren (Wu Tso-jen), who would become head of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
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