Charles Joseph Watelet

Charles Joseph Watelet

Artist: Charles Joseph Watelet (Belgium, 1867-1954)

Title: ‘Give a Toast to Life

Size: 56 x 47 cm (22 x 18,5 inch)

Material: oil on canvas
Signed: lower leftt: C.J. Watelet

Inventory #: 7128SL4

Charles Joseph was born in Beauraing, Belgium. He followed J. Stevens.


For ten years he lived in Mareinelle, where he earned his living making many portraits of the notables.


Besides painting some landscapes and church interiors, Watelet specialized in painting nudes and portraits.


He  became really famous because of the subtlety and the refinement of the way he painted his models.


Back in Bruxelles  he started exhibiting in the “Salon des Artistes Français” and in the first year, 1902, he won the “Médaille de troisième classe”.


In 1925 he was rewarded with the golden medal and finally he became “Sociétaire Hors Concours en Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur”.


He died at the age of 87 in Bruxelles.




Benezit, Emmanuel. Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs. (Librairie Grund, Paris, 1976)


Thieme – Becker. Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildender Künstler (Veb. E.A. Seemann Verlag, Leipzig)


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