Rene Carcan

Belgian 1925-1993



“Carcan’s work is the bond of affinity and affection that links man to nature, made visible, tangible and consciously enjoyable by the mind as well as by the heart.”

                                                                                                                               —Guy Toubosch


  Rene Carcan began his formal art training at the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Belgium, the city of his birth and eventually his first exhibition. Also attending the St. Josse ten Noode School of drawing and printmaking, Carcan then studied for several years under sculptor G Jacobs and painters Leon Devos and Jacques Mae. Awarded a scholarship to study in Italy, Carcan was then honoured with a UNESCO fellowship in Rome in 1958, followed by another in Florence in 1959. His greatest influences are said to be Henri Matisse, Wasily Kandinsky and Paul Klee.


Eventually drawn back to printmaking, Carcan spent several years in Paris perfecting his etching technique at the Johnny Friedlaender Atelier. Back home by 1963, Carcan was sponsored for a year by the Belgian National Ministry of Fine Arts. Beginning in 1965, he directed a Graphics Atelier of his own in Brussels.


In his lifetime, Rene Carcan exhibited throughout Europe and North America, and his work remains in high demand. In addition to inclusion in the world’s best art collections, his finest tribute can be found at home in Brussels, where his former studio is now the Rene Carcan Museum. In addition to housing an  extensive collection of his prints, sculpture and jewellery designs, the Rene Carcan Foundation at the same address organises exhibitions of internationally renowned artists at least four times a year.