The Belgian artist Leo Piron (1899 - 1962) is best known for his landscapes, which are almost miniaturist, inspired by the Flemish Ardennes. Their gentle colours and soft light as well as their harmonious composition, mark the intrinsic character of his paintings. His works represent in both style and elegance the typical landscapes and windmills of the region.
Leo Piron was born in Marcinelle in 1899, but he is nevertheless considered as a native of Alost. He studied at the Alost Academy and later taught there, before working at the Academy of Art in Ghent. After brief stays in Paris and Brittany, around 1926 he met, in Etikhove, Valerius De Saedeleer, who was later to become his father-in-law.
The Leo Piron Fund is part of the King Baudouin Foundation and was created in accordance with the will of one of the artist’s nieces. The fund comprises some forty paintings, principally panoramic views, urban landscapes and a number of still lifes. The Leo Piron Fund aims to preserve the artist’s works, whilst also helping to make them more widely known to the general public.