For your consideration, a fine seascape marine oil on Masonite painting by the noted Flemish-American artist, Emile (Emil) Jacques (1874-1937). This fine work was most probably created between 1926-1929, when Jacques was creating nine murals for St. Mary's Cathedral of Portland. The painting is noteworthy for its fine paint handling, dynamic compositional elements, and vibrant color palette. The painting is signed, with notations on the painting’s verso, including original gallery label. The work is in excellent vintage condition and measures 30” x 22” and is housed in it’s original Arts and Crafts carved wood frame 35” x 28” (the frame shows signs of wear and loss of paint in some areas). The painting has been authenticated by Matthew’s Galleries (Oregon) which, in 2004, appraised the work at $1,500 - $2,000.
Artist Bio (askart):
Born in Moorslede, Belgium on July 17, 1874. After art studies at the Beaux Arts Institute in Antwerp, Jacques was a professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Mechlin, Belgium. Born in the Flemish region of Belgium in 1874, Emil Jacques came to the United States in 1923 to join his brother in Portland, Oregon. Jacques became a professor of art at Columbia University, now the University of Portland, until he left in 1929 for the University of Notre Dame In his youth in Belgium, Emil Jacques studied in Antwerp at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Superieur Institute of Fine Arts between 1895-1906. In his early career, he was a professor in Belgium and received a number of important commissions. He earned the prestigious Grand Prix of Antwerp and a second place in the Grand Concours of Rome. In the United States, Jacques became known as an accomplished mural painter and won a commission to paint nine murals for St. Mary's Cathedral of Portland. Between 1930 and 1936, Jacques painted the murals—sized, on average, 22 feet by 6 feet—at Jacques's studio located along Lincoln Way Avenue in South Bend, Indiana. In that studio, Jacques gave private art lessons and influenced a generation of South Bend artists. In January, 1935, an exhibition of 56 paintings by Jacques opened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Jacques served as the director of the Notre Dame Fine Arts Department from 1929 until he died in 1937 in a tragic drowning accident.
Original Emile (Emil) Jacques (1874-1937) Seascape Painting, Circa 1920’s