Degouve de Nuncques, William

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Degouve de Nuncques, William Gender: M
born on 28 February 1867 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Monthermé, France, 49n53, 4e44
Timezone LMT m4e44 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 09°10' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 27°48 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 22°48'

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William Degouve de Nuncques ("Nocturne au Parc Royal de Bruxelles," 1897)


Belgian Symbolist painter whose best-known pictures, Pink House (1892), The Angels (1894), and Peacocks (1896), demonstrate the magical quality of his work. Pink House is thought to have been a major influence on Surrealism, especially the paintings of René Magritte.

In 1894 he married fellow artist Juliette Massin, who introduced him to the circle of Symbolist poets, who had a considerable influence on his style. He belonged to the avant-garde group Les XX and later exhibited at La Libre Esthétique. He travelled widely and painted views of Italy, Austria and France, often of parks at night.

He is supposed to have said "To make a painting, all you need to do is to take some paints, draw some lines, and fill the rest up with feelings."

He died on 1 March 1935, aged 68, in Stavelot.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate (acte n° 16) from the online Ardennes archives.


  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter)