Gaston De Vel
(1924 - 2010)
Gaston De Vel was active/lived in Belgium, New Zealand. Gaston Vel is known for impressionist marine and landscape painting.
Belgium born Gaston De Vel spent his student years at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, which he attended at age 17 from 1941 to 1945. Of this training he said:
I was taught to paint directly from life, so I could learn to visualise things as an artist in colour, just like the Impressionists. Now these lessons are in my blood, a part of me.
One of his most influential tutors was Alfred Bastien, a friend of Claude Monet and John Singer Sargent. Gaston believed he was one of the last painters to have been taught in the classical and impressionistic fashion by a tutor directly involved with some of the leading artists of that movement.
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