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Frans Claerhout

Father Frans Claerhout came to South Africa as a Catholic Priest, where he started a Mission station in the Orange Free State.

In 1957 he began painting scenes around the Mission Stations. 

He painted a large number of religious scenes and a number of series of pictures, including in 1983 the “Suncatcher” series and in 1984 “Christ and Other Persons”.

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Father Claerhout was an expressionistic artist with works characterized by warm colours, impasto and elongated human forms. He was well-known in the Orange Free State for his active involvement in Arts, Exhibitions and Museums.

He was commissioned murals in mission churches throughout SA, including in Bloemfontein, Edenburg, Potchefstroom, Schweizer-Reneke, Thaba Nchu and Witsieshoek. He can truly be called the “father” of expressionism in art.

He sadly passed away in 2006 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.