Leys, Hendrik

BORN 18 Feb 1815, Antwerpen - DIED 25 Aug 1896, Antwerpen
BIRTH NAME Leys, Jan August Hendrik
GRAVE LOCATION Antwerpen: Schoonselhof, Sint-Bernardsesteenweg, Hoboken (Perk R (rondpunt))

Hendrik Leys studied under Mattheus Ignatius van Bree and Ferdinand de Braekeleer, who was his brother in law. Early in his career he collaborated with Gustave Wappers and in 1835 he visited the studio's of Delacroix and Delaroche in Paris. He painted historical scenes in a romantic fashion, but from 1839 onwards he was known as a 'pilgrim fron the past' because he used a style that was influenced by old Flemish painters and by German painters like Dürer.

In 1855 in Paris he was awarded a gold medal for his painting "De Dertigdagenmis voor Berthal de Haze" (1854, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels). His work was also shown at the World Exhibition in London in 1862. In that year he was created a baron by king Leopold I. He was commissioned to decorate the new Antwerp Town Hall. He was assisted by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, but he died before his work was completed.

Related persons
• was teacher of Alma-Tadema, Lawrence
• is uncle/aunt of Braekeleer, Henri de
• influenced Flüggen, Joseph
• was a friend of Lies, Joseph


The grave of Hendrik Leys at the Schoonselhof, Antwerpen.
Picture by Androom (30 apr 2012)


Lichtenberg, Georg Christoph

Published: 09 Jan 2016
Last update: 09 Mar 2022