Jean-Jacques Gailliard is a student at the Fine Arts Academy in Brussels. He also receives lessons from his father, the painter Frans Gailliard. He travels frequently through Europe with his father at the beginning of his career. Beginning in 1920, he remains in Paris for four years, where he meets the most important painters and writers of his time. With this, Gailliard develops into one of the first Belgian abstract painters and a key figure in the Belgian Modernism before 1940. Quickly his work, however, is characterised by the duality between the abstract and the figurative. As such, a completely personal style emerges that is related to Belgian Surrealism.
Source: House of Literature, Antwerp
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