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Gent 1866 - 1922
Albert Baertsoen was a painter, pastellist and graphic artist. In 1882, he enrolled in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. His debut as a painter came in 1887, when he participated in an exhibition in Brussels held by the secessionist group. He continued his studies in Paris, at the art school of Alfred Philippe Roll, and exhibited at the Salon in 1889. The following year, he accompanied James Ensor and other Belgian painters on a study trip to London. In 1894, he helped founding the “Cercle des Beaux-Arts d’Ostende”. In 1895 he participated in an exhibition held by La Libre Esthétique. From 1896 to 1901, he continued to exhibit throughout Europe, winning several Gold Medals. In 1913, he served as a member of the art jury for the Ghent World’s Fair. During World War I, he lived in London and returned to Ghent in 1919. That same year, he was appointed a member of the Royal Academy of Belgium. Two years later, a retrospective of his work was held at the Galerie Georges Giroux in Brussels.