Vic Gentils ( Ilfracombe 1918 - Aalst 1997 )
Composition, 1960
Assembly - Burned wooden slats on wood
1250 x 800 x 35 mm
 
Provenance:
Studio Vic Gentils, Antwerp
Yvonne De Maere, Antwerp
 
Exhibitions:
Turnhout, De Warande, Vic Gentils Retrospectieve, 1977
Lille (F), Musées d’Art et d’Histoire, Vic Gentils Retrospectieve, 1977
Antwerp, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Vic Gentils Retrospectieve, 1992
Venlo, Museum Van Bommel-Van Dam, Vic Gentils Retrospectieve, 1992
Antwerp, Private Bank Delen, Avant-Garde in België 1940-1970, 2010
 
Literature:
De Warande, Vic Gentils Retrospectieve, Turnhout, 1977, cat. p. 22, nr. 5 ill.
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerp, Vic Gentils Retrospectieve, 1992, cat. p.79, nr. 31 ill. in colour
Annie Gentils, Lannoo, Vic Gentils Oeuvrecatalogus, 1994, nr. 293
J. Ceuleers, Private Bank Delen, Avant-Garde in België 1940-1970, 2010,
nr. 35 ill. in colour
 
Artist Biography:
Vic Gentils is an Belgian sculptor. After studying in Antwerp, first at the Koninklijk Akademie voor Schone Kunsten (1934–8) and then at the Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten (1940–42), he progressed from Expressionism towards Art informel and went through a neo-Surrealist phase in 1950. By 1954 he was attempting to escape from painting by integrating objects and using a variety of materials in his work. His first reliefs were produced in 1960 and were made up of fragments of old moulded frames and wooden laths blackened by burning. Shortly afterwards he began to make assemblages of mutated objects, investigating the possibilities of wood and extending his pictorial vocabulary by using parts of pianos, as in Musical Relief (1963; Brussels, Musées Royaux B.-A.), as well as cupboards, balustrades, pulleys, shoe-trees and hat-blocks.
 

Composition, 1960