Reinhoud D'HAESE ( 1928 - 2007 )

Reinhoud D'Haese was a Belgian sculptor, draftsman and graphic designer, whose name was limited to its first name Reinhoud in 1960. He was the brother of sculptors Begga D'Haese and Roel D'Haese. He received his first education at a Brussels goldsmith. From 1946 to 1950 he enjoyed his artistic education in metal and sculpture at the leading "École National Supérieure d'Architecture et des Arts Decoratifs" in the former Abbey Ter Kameren on the south side of Brussels, where he received training from Oscar Jespers between 1946 and 1947. He also accompanies evening lessons of industrial signs and from 1947 onwards he also works in printed work at the "School of Arts and Crafts" in Brussels. He was introduced in 1949 by Strebelle at the Marais studio in Brussels. In 1950, he became acquainted with Pierre Alechinsky and was introduced by him to the other Cobra members. He participated with them at various CoBrA exhibitions, such as the 11th International Exhibition of Expirational Art at the Palais de Beaux-Arts in Liège in 1951. He settles first as a smith and makes use of smithing and ironwork on order. In 1956 he broke through as an artist with an individual exhibition in the Galerie Taptoe in Brussels, where he received the "Prix de la Critique". He received the Award of the "Young Belgian Sculpture" in 1957. Only in 1958, when the CoBrA had collapsed for some time, he found his own artistic direction. He works with Pierre Alechinsky in his summer workshop in Sauvagemont in the period 1958-1959 and participates with him in various exhibitions. During this period he also gets to know the Danish dealer Børge Birch. This is the holder of the important Gallery Birch in Copenhagen. In 1959 he received a scholarship from the Belgian State and since then he worked in the vicinity of Paris and later in some other places in France, such as Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. In 1960 he worked with his friend Pierre Alechinsky in Bosse. Encouraged by him, he begins to draw in 1962 and already presents his own exhibition in the Lefebre Gallery in New York in the same year. The introductory text was written by another CoBrA member Christian Dotremont. Originally, he started welding insect-grown insect samples and gained his creations of plant and human allures, from 1960 to express himself in often grotesque hybrid creatures, immersing himself in the originality of the fantastic realism. In this he used mainly yellow and red copper, lead and pewter, because he could easily shape these imaginative creatures with his imaginative creations. When visiting Copenhagen, Reinhoud made some small sculptures in bread for Børge Birch. He was fascinated by this and suggested that these sculptures be covered with silver or copper in an electrolysis bath. These fairy-tale figures became a great success for Reinhoud and this was the beginning of a whole series of this. These metamorphic figures sometimes resemble an insect, then on a bird and conduct group activities human activity. In 1962, he further experiments on his style with metal objects made with crumpled metallic sheets. In 1963 he produced his first works in new silver. In the year after it travels to the "Instituto Torcuato di Tella" in Buenos Aires. He marries the photographic Suzy Embo in 1964 and settles in Paris. In the year afterwards, he is experimenting with big characters in newsprint and chicken gown. He creates a number of sculptures without head in 1968, which he appropriately calls "Migraines". In 1969 he made a number of wooden sculptures. He also stayed a short time in the United States in 1974, first as a visiting professor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. During this period he works mainly in brass and brass. Thereafter travels through the Colorado desert, the Nevada desert and finally in Mexico. On his return he resides in Paris and La Bosse in the period 1976-1978. He travels to Provence every summer. From 1980 he regularly goes to Normandy and begins to use pebbles in his works. In 1982 he developed an engraving process with remains of his sculptures and flat metal sheets. He made a bas relief "Stop the run" for the Ossegem metro station in Brussels in 1983. In 1987 he worked in Morville. In 1992 he started drawing again.