In the thirtie’s, Elie Borgrave was more than 30 years old.
After a chilhood in England during the first world war, and in Belgium where he was graduated in Literature and Philosophy at St Louis University of Brussels, he travelled all over Europe. Borgrave was heir to that phenomenon which little by little, this social elite abandoned its traditional involvement in politics, diplomacy and army and preferred an activity chosen for its excellence : art and poetry. Poetry and painting were places of excellence which enabled the élites to cloak themselves in grandeur, even if, in Borgrave’s case, this choice was a difficult one tu persuade his father to accept. Erudite and cultivated, Borgrave was thoroughly informed about history, ancient and modern, of painting.
“26.21945” Elderen Pencil lead 27,8 x 38,5 cm Private collection, Belgium
“24.3.45”Pencil lead 27,8 x 38,5 cm Private collection, Belgium
1946, Robert and Sonia Delaunay created the first edition of “ Salon des Réalités Nouvelles “ to promote abstract art. This fair put together all “inobjective” artists “creating the form to express better our Modern Reality and “Réalités Nouvelles” along Delaunays’s words. Bram Van Velde, Maria-Elena Vieira da Silva, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Jean Arp etc.. participated to this event.