Hilde Van Sumere – Seeking Balance and Harmony

Hilde Van Sumere (1932 – 2013) was a Belgian sculptor who was influenced by a wide range of materials, techniques, and cultural influences. Van Sumere explored the use of line, texture, and color to create works that are both beautiful and thought-provoking.

Van Sumere’s Belgian heritage heavily influenced her work. Her sculptures are characterized by powerful sobriety and an abstract, geometric nature that always seeks balance and harmony.

At the end of the 1960s, she traveled to Carrara in Italy, a place that left a lasting impression on her. Captivated by the beauty of white marble with virtually nonexistent veining, it became her favorite material for her sculptures.

Hilde Van Sumere - 1932-2013 - Belgien - Wederkerend II (kleines Format) (1974)
Hilde Van Sumere, Wederkerend II, 1974, © via Auction.fr under Fair Use
Painted wood. 138 25 x 12 x 12 cm © Photo via invaluable under Fair Use
Projet, 2000, 29,5 – 30 – 33 cm © Photo via invaluable under Fair Use

However, she does not limit herself to marble. She worked with a wide range of materials such as steel, wood, or plexiglass and always succeeds in expressing her personal vision. Hilde Van Sumere’s dedication to her work is evident in her outstanding craftsmanship and her ability to achieve a sense of serenity and equilibrium in her sculptures regardless of size. Her pieces truly capture the essence of silence.

Hilde van Sumere’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout Europe and can be found in private and public collections throughout the world.

Arabesk, 1968, Brown-green patinated plaster, 30 x 40 x 26 cm © Photo via invaluable under Fair Use
Carré et cube, 2007, 40 x 38 x 15 cm, Patinated bronze
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