Raoul Hynckes ( Brussels , 11 May 1893 - Blaricum , 19 January 1973 ) was a Dutch painter of Belgian origin. The style of Hynckes was initially impressionistic, but in the thirties of the last century he began allegorical still lifes to paint in a very realistic manner and in an extremely fine and meticulous painting style (withered trees, old nails, skulls). He is counted among the magical realists . Regularly he also worked as bookbinding designer and poster designer. Hynckes gained further fame through his autobiographical writings "Friends of Midnight", appeared in the series Private Domain.