Assche, Hendrik van
(1770-1841)
   The Brussels-born painter Hendrik Van Assche received his earliest training from his father, a well-to-do dilettante painter. He drew his earliest subjects for his landscape paintings from the countryside (Gezicht te Watermael, View at Watermael [1803]). In 1815-1816, he traveled to Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands where he gathered subject matter for sketches. One of the most important romantic landscape painters in Belgium, Assche chose such typical subjects as pastoral scenes, mountains, and swiftly flowing rivers with accompanying watermills, often located in the vicinity of the city. Several works reflected his interest in the iconography of Brussels. After 1835, the painter displayed a more complicated, realistic style.
   The Brussels landscape painter and watercolorist Isabelle van Ass-che was van Assche's niece and pupil.

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