Nineteenth Century Cockfight Painting Found in Castle Cellar

February 23 2021

Image of Nineteenth Century Cockfight Painting Found in Castle Cellar


Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Belgium that a nineteenth century painting of a cockfight has been rediscovered in a basement of Portegem Castle in Waregem. The painting by Emile Claus had been presumed to have been lost during the war until researcher Hans Bourlon decided to look into the fate of this 1882 work. It transpires that the canvas was taken off of its stretcher, rolled up and hidden in the castle's cellars in an attempt to hide it from the Nazis. Fortunately, the painting has been restored and will be on display once more.

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