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Josef Pierre Nuyttens 'Josef Nuyttens': .
JP Nuyttens was born in Antwerp, Belgium, on August 7, 1877. At a young age his artistic talents became very obvious. He initially studied at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, where he excelled and was awarded the first prize of the Ecole des Industries. Later his parents sent him abroad to study painting, drawing and etching at the famous Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He first set foot in America on October 1, 1894, arriving from Antwerp in New York on the Westerland, to continue his studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He obtained his US citizenship on October 15, 1900 in Chicago. By 1902 Nuyttens lives in Chicago, is married to an American lady, Antoinette “Nettie”, and works as an advertising artist. Their daughter Laura is born in 1903, son Georges in 1909. A full 17 years after his emigration, Nuyttens first returns to Belgium for a six month visit in 1912.
In the 1910s Nuyttens had his artist studio in the Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue, at that time the premier artist haven of the city, where he enjoyed the company of other esteemed artists and architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Baum. His WWI draft registration card of Sept. 12, 1918 lists his home address on 844 W. Oakdale Avenue, his studio address on Pearson Street. The 1930 US Census finds the “portrait painter” Pierre Nuyttens as an official inhabitant of Manhattan in New York, while he still maintained the Chicago studio/residence on Pearson Street. His wife Nettie lived in Chicago with her married daughter Laura and son-in-law James Scofield, an advertising executive, at the time of the 1930 census.
By the 1930s Nuyttens had become a very successful artist, exhibiting all over the country in museums and galleries. Works by him were adorning the walls of the White House, Library of Congress and the Belgian Embassy in Washington DC, as well as the Governor’s Mansion, State House and Illinois State Library in Springfield, IL. He was frequently commissioned to draw, paint or etch portraits of politcal figures and members of high society in both Europe and Belgium, including the Belgian Royal Family in 1920. King Albert I decorated JP Nuyttens with Knighthood in the Order of Leopold II.His works are displayed in museums through out the country as well in Belgium and Europe.
Definately not a piece for everyone, But the work is amazing.
Piece measures at 16 x 24 signed by Nuyttens in pencil lower right and copyright work 1919 by Anderson art galleries of chicago in the upper right.. Piece is in excellent condition the mark around the signature is actually my reflection taking the photo.