Thomas Vinçotte

Baron Thomas Jules Vinçotte (1850–1925) was a Belgian sculptor and medallist.

Life

Vinçotte was the son of Jean-Marie Vinçotte, born in Borgerhout and brother of the engineer Robert Vinçotte. Thomas initially trained at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels under Joseph Jacquet and Eugène Simonis, then continued his education in Paris at the École des Beaux-Arts[1] under Pierre-Jules Cavelier.[2] He returned to Belgium and from 1886 through 1921 he lectured at the National University of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

Vinçotte developed strong social and political ties with the court of King Leopold II, as evidenced by his baronial title, his many commissions for large government projects, multiple equestrian statues of the king, portrait busts of the royal family and important officials, and his designs for Belgian coinage circa 1905.[3]

A street in Schaerbeek is named in his honor.

Honours

Work

  • marble monument to sculptor G. L. Godecharle, 1881
  • Le dompteur de chevaux (Horse Tamer), Avenue Louise, Brussels, 1885
  • bronze monument to François Anneessens, Brussels, 1889
  • bronze monument to Jan Palfijn, Theater Square, Kortrijk, 1889
  • pediment sculpture showing Belgium flanked by allegorical groups representing Industry and Agriculture, Royal Palace of Brussels, circa 1900[2]
  • bronze bust of Georges Montefiore-Levi, University of Liège, 1904
  • The quadriga entitled Brabant Raising the National Flag or "Quadriga of Brabant", atop the triumphal arch at the Cinquantenaire, with fellow sculptor Jules Lagae, 1904–1905
  • multifigure monument to the Belgian inventor Zénobe Gramme, Liège, 1905
  • two bronze figures of Fame with chariots, atop the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, installed 1905[7]
  • stone monument to Pioneers of the Belgian Congo, at the Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussel, 1921
  • equestrian statue of King Leopold II of Belgium, Place du Trône, Brussels, 1926
  • bronze group of horses and Tritons, for the park of the Chateau d'Ardenne

References

  1. "Thomas Vinçotte (1850-1925) - Biographie".
  2. A history of European and American sculpture: from the early ..., Volume 2 By Chandler Rathfon Post
  3. http://dewardt.net/dimebook/Belgium.pdf
  4. Handelsblad (Het) 15-05-1881
  5. Handelsblad (Het) 06-01-1887
  6. Laatste Nieuws (Het) 17-05-1896
  7. "Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten".

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