- Futurist composition
Jules SCHMALZIGAUG 1882 - 1917
Schmalzigaug travelled a lot. In 1905–1906 he made a grand tour of Italy, where he was especially impressed and influenced by Venice.
Returning to Antwerp he became a secretary to the art society of Kunst van Heden/L'Art Contemporain, and worked on the organisation of international exhibitions. Between 1910 and 1912 he lived mainly in Paris. There he had the opportunity to see the exhibition of Italian futurists in 1912 and decided to move to Italy under the impressions of it.
His time in Italy between 1912 and 1914 was the happiest and most active part of his life and art. In 1914 he took part in the international exhibition of futurists in Rome.
In 1914 he returned to Antwerp. He was declared unfit for military service because of his health. After the start of World War I he moved to The Hague in neutral Netherlands.
He felt lonely in the isolated country, he longed after the sunny Venice and the whirring international life of artists.
In his art he returned to the figurative painting, but his works from this period did not reach the previous level. He fell into depression and committed suicide.