René Carcan

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René Carcan (25 May 1925, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode — 1993) was a prominent Belgian engraver and sculptor, who studied under Léon Devos, Jacques Maes and Johnny Friedlaender. He has been shown in numerous international exhibitions including Galerie La Proue, and is closely associated with the work of Graciela Rodo Boulanger, who was also in the Friedlaender school.


He was born in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode and he died in Etterbeek, Belgium. Carcan studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts and St Josse ten Noode. His main sculpting study was under D. Jacobs.

He developed an artistic style which has been compared to Henri Matisse's, of distilling a vision to an essential essence. His use of colour was influenced by Wassily Kandinsky and by Paul Klee.

A Museum has been established in Brussels at the site of Carcan's old studio, the Fondation René Carcan (Rue Champ-de-Roi 122, Etterbeek), for the preservation and study of his lifeworks. This is both a museum and foundation, and exhibits works of his lithography, sculpting and jewelry design.


  • Jürgen Weichert, René Carcan: Radierungen, Münster, Edition Schnake (1983) ISBN 3-924264-00-7
  • P. Roberts-Jones René Carcan, Brussels, Les Editeurs d'Art Associes (1984)
  • Philippe Cruysmans, Movement Generates Harmony, René Carcan (2005)

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