Marten Jozef Geeraerts

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Autumn, grisaille painting (oil on canvas), now in the Mauritshuis Martinus Josephus Geeraerts 001.jpg
Autumn, grisaille painting (oil on canvas), now in the Mauritshuis

Marten Jozef Geeraerts (1707–1791) was a Flemish historical painter. Born at Antwerp, he was intended for the law, and studied in the Jesuits' College. Preferring art, however, he became a pupil of Abraham Godijn, and was made free of the Guild of St. Luke in 1731. In 1741 he became one of the six directors of the Academy of Antwerp, who filled that office gratuitously. He died at Antwerp in 1791. He excelled in grisaille painting in imitation of bas-reliefs, of which there are the following examples:

Trompe l'oeil painting by Geeraerts, Notre Dame de Grace, Cambrai Notre Dame de Grace, Cambrai.jpg
Trompe l’œil painting by Geeraerts, Nôtre Dame de Grâce, Cambrai

Between 1756 and 1760 he produced nine grisaille tromp-l'oeil paintings for the abbey church in Cambrai which later became the Cathedral of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. [1]

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  1. Lecompte, Denis (2005). Notre Dame de Grâce. Strasbourg: Éditions du Signe. p. 7. ISBN   2-7468-0759-9.