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Claerhout, Frans

The artist was born in Pitten, Belgium and has had no formal art training.

He trained as a Catholic priest and came to South Africa in 1946 to do missionary work. He was fascinated by the people and the primitive huts of the black villages.

Frans Claerhout blends wit and compassion in his quiet sympathetic style which owes much to Flemish Expressionism. His subjects are the people and the village scenes around the mission-station where he lived.

1919 - 2006
Died on 4 July 2006