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William Degouve de Nuncques, 1867-1935

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 1867.02.28
Place of Birth: Monthermé, Ardennes
Date of Death: 1935.03.01
Place of Death: Stavelot


William Degouve de Nuncques was a landscape painter and pastellist. In 1894 he married the painter Juliette Massin, who was Emile Verhaeren's sister-in-law. She died in 1919, and he remarried in 1930.


Nuncques was self-taught but was given advice by Jan Toorop with whom he shared a studio. He later shared with Henry de Groux. His art was influenced by the Symbolist poets, to whom he was introduced by his wife. He belonged to Les XX, a group with which JW showed in the 1880s, and exhibited with its successor the Libre Esthétique. He mainly worked in Brussels and Brabant, but also painted in Italy, Austria and France. Like JW he was drawn to night scenes, and as JW painted a series of pictures of Cremorne Gardens, so Nuncques painted parks. His pastels were of a high quality, e.g. Peacocks (1896; Musee d'Art Moderne, Brussels). From 1900 to 1902 he painted on the Balearic Islands.


Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; Legrand, Francine-Claire, 'William Degouve de Nuncques', The Grove Dictionary of Art Online, ed. L. Macy (accessed 10 December 2003).