BIOGRAPHY

oct-12 1905

Birth at Ixelles in Belgium of Elie, Camille, Charles, Thomas, Marie, Comte de Borchgrave d'Altena. He is "Balance" ascending "Scorpio".

 

 1907 march EB
C Camille de Borchgrave 1870-1940 - Copie 

His father, Comte Camille de Borchgrave d’Altena (born in 1870 at Marlinne castle – Limbourg, Belgium - deceased January 21st 1940 at Knokke) is a gentleman,relativelyconventional,principled.

 
 Ruth de Borchgrave - 30 ans

His mother, American Ruth Snyder (born in 1876 Pensylvania/USA, deceased in 1964 at Knokke, descendant from Charlemagne Tower , married in 1904 in Philadelphia) met her husband in Russia at the US Embassy where her uncle was ambassador.

 

 

1916 Elie 1905-1992 Walram 1906-1969 Hugues 1908-1964 

He lived with his three brothers Walram  (1906-1969), Hugues (1908-1964) and Serge  (1912-2000) in Varsenaere Castle in Belgium.

 

 

 

  1911 nov. EB 6 ans

1914-1918

During the first world war, the whole family took refuge in United Kingdom. He went to the Benedictine  College of Downside, Somerset, England.

 

1926

Back in Belgium, he studied Literature and philosophy at St Louis Institute of Brussels   (1923) then he entered Cavalry Officers School but did not remain.

 

1928

He travelled in the USA  (New York)

 

1929-1935

During that time, playing with his brothers and father, he became a golf club champion

at the Ravenstein Royal BelgianEB Champion de golf in 1929, 1930, 1933 and 1936

  Caricature Camille Golfeur C Camille de Borchgrave 1907 1870-1940

  Father Camille de Borchgrave

1935-1938

He lived in Paris and discovered the works of Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Paul Klee and Cubists, probably at the exhibitions of the Petit Palais. It has been an essential emotional shock which would determine his entire life.

 

 

 

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                                                                        Georges Braque 

         

 Exhibition in Paris 2013        G. Braque paintings

 

 

 

 

From that time, he decided to be a painter, even if he was amateur and autodidact

 

1939 may

After a trip in New York, he left Paris for Belgium, he was mobilized and his father died a few months later at 69 years old

 

1940 july

After Belgian and French capitulation, he escaped to Spain and Portugal waiting for visas and tickets to South America

 

         sept

He arrived in Brazil,  in Rio de Janeiro where he tried to earn money (he restaured the Fresco paintings  of Copacabana Hotel and became President Vargas's golf teacher...)

 

 

Coming from Buenos Aires, he travelled to New York and Canada where he joined the Belgium free army in the commandos trained by the British army

 
 

Demobilized, he is back in Europe and started painting under the pseudonym of Elderen (his ancestors were Lords of Elderen)

 

 

 

1941-1945

He lived in London, then in Wales where he worked on his drawings and paintings, learning all the techniques.

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He met the Polish Jewish painter, Jankel Adler (1895-1949), a former professor of Bauhaus, in exile in London since 1934 who drew his portrait and became a good friend.


Portrait dEB par Jankl Adler 1943

Portrait by Jankel Adler

 

Jankel Adler 1895-1949

1941 sep 20

Marriage in Wales (Upton, Worcester) with the British, Grace Arthur Scott Jeavons (born in 03.05.1914) called "Nancy"

 1955 nancy forio Ischia

1946-1948

After the war, he returned to Belgium with his wife, and went back to live in Paris

 

 

Paris : friendship with Geer and Bram Van Velde and Paul Klee

 

 

 


 

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Expo Geer  Bram van Velde à NY

Geer Van Velde exhibition

at Galerie Maeght in 1947

                   1946

Geer and Bram Van Velde at Kootz Gallery NY

 

He participated to three Salon des Réalités Nouvelles” with Herbin, Vasarely, Poliakoff, Van Velde..

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He started to sign his works with the greek sigma Σ (Elie) followed by the year he painted it.

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 E 46 Oil on canvas 38 x 465 cm Light blue yellow and green on grey background 

Σ46 Oil on canvas

He was showed in Brussels at Galerie Louis Manteau (bd. de Waterloo, 62)

 

 

The difficult European reconstruction pushed him to immigrate in USA

 

 

AMERICAN PERIOD 1948-1952

 

 
1948-1952

He settled in United States, in New York City

1949

He was represented by J.B. Neumann, wellknown art critic and gallery  
 

1st exhibition in New York: New Art Center, Nierendorff Gallery and at JP Neumann Gallery

 
 

Birth of his daughter Semira de Borchgrave

 

 

He moved to Connecticut: 5 North West Street at Stonington (150kms from NY) where he combined home and studio. He wanted to be secluded and found hisinspiration,the necessary calm,away from cities.

 

 

  IMG 1579   1950 Stonington -EB et Nancy

 1950 march Stonington

 

He created the  Modern Art Summerschool in Stonington

 

 

 

 1956 Ischia   1954 Ischia  1954 Aug. St. 3



 

 

 

 

Portrait dEB Ischia 1954  49 ans

 

 

Studio in Stonington

 

1951

Birth of his 2nd daughter Nicole de Borchgrave

 

     1951 - 1954                 

1953

Exhibitions at Pennsylvania Academy, St Louis Annual, Colombus, Cincinnati Museum, Nebraska, Wesley University, Middletown, Connecticut
Exhibition at the Wesley University (Connecticut)

 

1954 June-11

American naturalization name: Elie Charles Borgrave

 

 Certificat de naturalisation 11.06.1954 Elie Charles Borgrave
 

Family moved to Mexico and later to Europe

 

First one man show : he exhibited at the Stable Gallery in NY City (Director, Mrs. Eleanor Ward)

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Eleanor Ward & Alan Groh

1955 Jan.-12

Stable Gallery exhibition

Liste des oeuvres Stable Gallery  Exhibition Catalog

 page de couverture  

Invitation Stable Gallery

 

Exhibition at Whitney Annual

 

 
 

EUROPEAN PERIOD 1954 - 1958

 

 

 1955 Oct.- 1958

1957 Forio dIschia 2

 

1955-56 C Forio dIschia -

At last, missing Europe, he came back with his family and found a residence in Italy in the island of Ischia, Forio - Soprascaro 9 - near Napoli

 

He organized his house with a large studio,and during three years produced many paintings. Some of them were too big for Neumann Gallery but he was still shipping paintings to be shown in USA.

1956 Ischia 4     1956 Ischia     1956 Ischia 3

 

 

 

 

1954 Ischia 2   

1955                

                                                   
Studio in Ischia


 

Exhibition in Roma "Solidarieta Internazionale"

 

Exhibition in Bordighera "Contemporary American Painting"

Exhibition in Positano

Exhibition at Schneider Gallery in Roma

22.12.57– 01.26.58

Exhibition "Il natale nell'arte ischitana" in Ischia  
United Kingdom: Journey to London in october 58  
 
1958 - 1962

After 4 years in Italy, he decided to move and was back to France with his family, he found a studio and home in Fourqueux (2, rue de St Nom), half an hour driving from Paris. 

Again,he found a quiet and peaceful accommodation, located along a golf course that brought him the serenity he dearly needed.

1960 Studio in Fourqueux 1960 Fourqueux France 1960 Stonington USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
1959 Dec. Exhibition at  the Galerie Synthèse in Paris  
1960 Nov. Demolition of the Stable Gallery (cf letters from Eleanor Ward and Chapin who married his wife's sister, Sylvia)  
1960 March

Exhibition in Dusseldorf (Günar Gallery)

 

 
1962

Divorce from Grace Arthur Scott Jeavons

 

 
 

BELGIAN PERIOD 1963 - 1992

 

 
1963 He returned to Belgium to visit his mother who was living in Knokke (Villa Altena) and organized his residence & studio at av. W. Churchill,247 A, in Brussels  
 

                   E 61  Compo N 50 46 x61 De Vuyst n399 signed on the canvas back

 Exhibition in Brussels : Palais des Beaux-Arts

 
1964 January 19th Death of his mother: Ruth Snyder (Knokke)  
1966 Aug-23 Marriage with Lucie Lecot (born in 1919 in Antwerpen)  Lucie de Borchgrave
  1 son: Alain de Borchgrave d’Altena  E 64 oil on paper 357 x 268 cm
 

  Exhibition in Brussels : Galerie La Balance

Galerie La Balance May 12-June 12 1966 acquise à la Librairie Ferraton le 23.03.2013 100

Netherlands : at that time of his life, he was 60 years old,  he renovated an old barn to set up his studio and his home in the middle of nowhere, among the Dutch fields of this flat country.



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 1978-1982 EB photo compressée

The decor is minimalist, true to what he is. Stripped of any object, the atmosphere is bright, black and white, both in his studio and home.

1967- 1989

It is located near the borderwith Belgium, not far from Knokke, in , 2 Bruggendijk. During these twenty years, he produced many paintings.The quiet and relaxed atmosphere suited him.

 

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Land Mag. Salon à Zuidzande 31.07.70

    1970 Zuidzande 2 Land Mag. Grange à Zuidzande 31.07.70 1970 jul  Land Magazine Zuidzande  1968 Nov. Zuidzande
     
1968

During the summer,he followed his wife in the island of Hydra in Greece, where he found the Mediterrean sun and atmosphere. Each year, he was greeted by his friends and resourced with them.

1988 June Town  Country    IMG 3161

 
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Exhibition of gouaches and paintings in Deurle at the Museum d'Hondt Dhaenens

                        Portrait EB 1970 65 ans

 

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1970 - 1989

 

1967

1970

1972

1973

1979

1980

1981

1988

1989

 

During that period, he showed his work in numerous exhibitions, allowing him to present his work and ship his paintings in wooden crates around the world

Brussels, Deinze,

Montréal World Fair (Belgian pavilion)

Osaka World Fair (Belgian pavilion)

Paris Salon de Mai and Galerie Yoshii

London (Fisher Fine Arts)

Anvers, Liège,

Illinois (University)

Liège

Lausanne (Galerie Unip Art Contemporain)

Aalst

Knokke (Willy d'Huysser Gallery)

 

 

 Catalogue dexpo. Veranaman 1970

1989 

Last studio in Brussels av. Winston Churchill, 239         1989 Studio in Brussels     Last studio in Brussels 1989
   
1992 oct.16 Deceased in Brussels at 87 years old