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Old 02-20-2018, 07:51 AM
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information about the artist: Declercq Henri

So my wife and I picked up an original sketch at a garage sale and I am stumped, I can not figure out who the artist is or maybe I should reword this, I cannot find any information about the artist. The name is Declercq Henri and the work is dated 1937. Has anyone here ever seen or heard of this artist? Many many thank in advance. Have an awesome day.
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Re: Can you identify this artist?

Possibly Henri Declercq?
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Old 02-20-2018, 08:05 AM
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Re: Can you identify this artist?

Maybe I should rephrase this. There is no doubt as to his name, but does anyone know any history of this artist? or info online about him? I can not find anything about him.
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Old 02-20-2018, 09:19 AM
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When an artist is not recent, or famous, or somehow in art history otherwise, he is usually not findable on the web. There are a huge amount of hobby artists, people who may have sold work off and on but never got anywhere (etc.)
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Old 02-20-2018, 09:22 AM
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Re: Can you identify this artist?

I wondered... His work is quite good and I like the subject matter. It would have been nice to find some history on it to back up the piece but just the same, it's going to hang on our wall for many years to come.
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Re: Can you identify this artist?

the name and the image imply a Dutch artist
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:47 PM
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I believe it is an etching. Because the subject seems Dutch does not mean the artist is Dutch. Also, do not other people wear those wooden shoes? What about Flemish or somewhere else?
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I believe it is an etching. Because the subject seems Dutch does not mean the artist is Dutch. Also, do not other people wear those wooden shoes? What about Flemish or somewhere else?
The name is also Dutch. So we have a Dutch-themed painting made in the thirties by a Dutch artist. So that to me implied that looking in that direction might be helpful. Generally, when you are trying to solve a problem you first start with the clues at hand. It could be Russian, or it could be Chinese, or it could have been made by some 300 lb kid living in his mother's basement - you're right.
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Re: Can you identify this artist?

Scale would be useful at least in determining what it is. My own guess is that it's either a lino or wood cut, rather than an etching.
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I wondered... His work is quite good and I like the subject matter. It would have been nice to find some history on it to back up the piece but just the same, it's going to hang on our wall for many years to come.


It's a great piece. I see some spotting though that could be a sign of mildew. You might want to take it to a restorer, shouldn't cost too much and get it taken care of. It should be under better glass too to prevent anymore damage.

Henri DeClercq is French by the way, not Dutch.
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Henri DeClercq is French by the way, not Dutch.
Actually no, LeClercq is French, DeClerck is Dutch.
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Actually no, LeClercq is French, DeClerck is Dutch.

The name is French or Dutch sure, but that does not mean they live in France or Holland, or that they are "antique" or famous. The style really reminds me, stylistically, of the 1970's. And if you think of it someone named LeClercq could have taken an etching class at UCLA in 1984, copied a picture of her/his grandpa, or a photo from the National Geographic, and did the same work.
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Re: Can you identify this artist?

Well, it is dated 1937. Of course, that may be fake, but......

To my mind, it lacks the subtlety we usually associate with etching and - to be confirmed - seems oversized.
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Re: information about the artist: Declercq Henri

There is some type on the paper on the back of the frame
"ARTCCDOM?? and some other letters. Doesn't appear to be English.

The chair appears oversized, especially for a wooden chair. THe lower half of his body is grotesquely oversized, even allowing for foreshortening.

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Old 04-20-2018, 11:09 AM
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Re: information about the artist: Declercq Henri

I did some yanking around with it in the Gimp with the perspective tool. I think there is foreshortening in the original, but I'd not call it grotesque. Baggy trousers!

There's a sort of artful artlessness going on.

Were it mine, I'd post a picture without distortion, photograph the back, and remove it from the frame. I do wonder if it's a framed page from a book.
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