Maurice Langaskens (1884-1946) was a Belgian painter-printmaker, who depicted the simple life of his compatriots in a compelling and glorifying way.  Whether showing people and animals at work, religious scenes or winter landscapes, Langaskens reflects a sturdy reality, proud of its strength.  His symbolist style idealizes his native country in strong colors.  Even during his internment in a camp in Goettingen, during the war, fellow prisoners look majestic.  It is unclear where he learned his craft as a color etcher, or where he printed his work.  Tags advertising his work, when he lived in Schaarbeek/Schaerbeek (one of the 19 ward of Brussels), suggest he may have printed in a personal studio at his own press.

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