Hildegarde Handsaeme

Born in Kortrijk, Hildegarde resides and works in Terlanen, Belgium. With an articulated preference for the figure and the nature of woman, she went the self-teaching way in the plastic art form. The sensitive approach to this theme remains her source of inspiration which is utterly inexhaustible. A couple of years ago, she achieved a broad recognition of her artistic language when she obtained the third international prize for painting in Libramont.

Hildegarde’s work presents such an original form and content that it is difficult to classify her in a painting school or to compare her to an eventual equal painter. Only gifted artists succeed to be independent of the start and grow gradually to a recognizable style. This is utterly rare. As a red thread, Hildegarde’s personality runs through her works which show us a very characteristic world. She seems to know always what she does and why and she leaves nothing to fate. her work is as she meant it and what she means she gets by her own way from the background into focus so one can say without looking at her signature that her personality is clearly there. Her work is very personal and shows that art per se has no boundaries, is not subject to strict laws, is unseizable and difficult to put into words.

Simply and honestly Hildegarde gives us the message of love and tenderness which should be shown to each individual. In a pictural equilibrated and harmonic way, she knows how to remind us of the glamorous intuition of a woman. 

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