Son of a sculptor, the Belgian artist Adrien Henri van Emelen studied at the School of Fine Arts in his city, Leuven. In 1892, Emelen took sculpture classes in France with Auguste Rodin and in 1896, he began teaching drawing in his native country. Because of the impacts of the First World War, he moved to Wales and, in 1920, to Brazil, where he became a naturalized citizen. In the state of São Paulo his sculptural work is present in important places with public access, such as the Coffee Museum, in Santos; and in the São Bento Monastery, in the center of São Paulo. The Pinacoteca has four paintings by the artist.


  • Title: Caipira picando fumo
  • Creator: Adrien Henri van Emelen
  • Date Created: 1920
  • Physical Dimensions: 30,8 x 23,6 cm
  • Type: Oil on metal
  • Rights: Acervo da Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brasil. Doação de Ruth Tarasantchi, 2017
  • Year and death place name: 1943 - São Paulo, SP, Brasil
  • Year and birth place name: 1868 - Louvain, Belgium

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