Van Kerckhoven, Pieter Frans
|born on||10 November 1818 at 07:45 (= 07:45 AM )|
|Place||Antwerpen, Belgium, 51n13, 4e25|
|Timezone||LMT m4e25 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||17°21' 17°47 Asc. 22°53'|
Flemish writer and one of the leaders of the early Flemish movement.
Van Kerckhoven obtained the degree of baccalaurean in medicine and philosophy, but in June 1838 he suddenly returned to Antwerp, without finishing his studies. It is commonly believed that in Bologna it became too warm under the feet of Van Kerckhoven, after compromising contacts with the clandestine Carbonari movement. In Antwerp he would continue his medical studies at the Elisabeth hospital, but he would give them up quite rapidly. During that training he got acquainted, as it happens, with the students Jan De Laet and Hendrik Conscience, who almost immediately recognized his artistic talent and introduced him to the romantic artist group of the city. Already rapidly Van Kerckhoven would turn out to be himself one the central characters of the Antwerp cultural scene. Beside his office career (first in the business of his father and later at the city administration) he was now very active as an artist, literature critic and as head editor of several illustrated magazines, among which the Noordstar and the Vlaemsche Rederyker. Van Kerckhoven was also a member of literary societes of a private character, such as De Hermans, Het Heilig Verbond en De Olijftak. As a novelist he was not as popular as Hendrik Conscience, but nevertheless he was quite successful as an author and enjoyed as a lot of appreciation as a literature critic.
At the beginning of 1857 he became seriously ill. He appeared to suffer from tuberculosis and died on 1 August 1857, aged 38.
Gauquelin vol 6
- Vocation : Writers : Fiction