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Basel, May 25, 1941- Kalmthout, March 20, 1985) was a Flemish / Belgian painter and graphic artist.
Jozef Van Brakel Ruyssevelt was born in East Flanders. His study years were spent in Antwerp, at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts where he studied Painting and Graphics. ... His teachers in Antwerp were Antoon Marstboom, René De Coninck and Jos Hendrickx, who befriended Van Ruyssevel and exerted much influence on his development as a painter.
In 1971 Van Ruyssevelt taught etching at the Antwerp Academy. Although the teaching job took much of his time and required his energy, he continued to concentrate on his own work. His productivity was still impressive. He produced hundreds of oil paintings, pastels, gouaches, watercolors and etchings in the years that followed. The peak years of his creativity and activity were between 1975 and 1983.
His work won several awards and honors, and was frequently exhibited in Belgium and abroad: in Ljubljana (former Yugoslavia) in the International Exhibition of Engraving in 1965. The Biennial of Graphics in Krakow (Poland) in 1966. A major exhibition devoted to his work took place in Bergen op Zoom in 1970, a group exhibition "Aspects of the Flemish Art" in St. Petersburg in 1998, the Markiezenhof in Bergen op Zoom in 1998 and at the Museum of Figurative Art De Buitenplaats in Eelde (Drenthe) in 2001. A retrospective at the Museum Henriette Polak, Zutphen took place in September 2007 and between March and May 2009 there was a retrospective at the Jacob Smit Museum in Mol.
His work is in the collections of the Belgian State, the Print Room in Brussels, the Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp and in numerous private collections. Almost his entire graphic oeuvre is included in the Print Room of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. More than 100 of his etchings are included in the Municipal Print Room of the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp. [Loosely translated from