Permeke, who came from Antwerp but lived most of his life in the area of Ostend, was a leading figure in Belgian art circles. Inspired perhaps by Van Gogh, he took as his subjects humble men and women, often farmworkers or fishermen, and presented them as monumental figures, possessed of strength and dignity. His use of dark outlines and angular forms suggests a conscious primitivism and echoing of naive art.
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