On the advice of his father, he began an internship with the Gothic-inspired architect Max Winders . He studied fine art at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp, with classmates which would later acquire some degree of fame: Joseph Peeters , Floris Jespers and Oscar Jespers . After his studies at the academy, he joined the Antwerp Avantgarde. He was for a short time an impressionist, but it was a style that he quickly abandoned.
From 1916 he experienced a rapid evolution from symbolism to futurism and then to cubism , sometimes in combination with elements of the ancient art he had seen as a child. He withdrew from Expressionism as he felt it didn’t suit his vision, despite the fact that is was then the dominant art movement in Belgium.
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