Les Grand Ducs (The Horned Owls)
Medium:Giclée (Original is in the GVSU Permanent Collection)
Three birds (owls) with largest on the right. Dark background. Published in "L'Epreuve," 1897.
Henri De Groux was a Belgian Symbolist painter, sculptor and lithographer whose "masterpiece" was said to be his "Christ aux Outrages" piece, a picture of Jesus Christ being chased by a mob. He also produced many works depicting the horrors of the First World War. He had been a member of les XX, a famous Belgian art coalition, but was expelled when he refused to have his works displayed in the same gallery as Vincent van Gogh. He subsequently moved to Paris, where he befriended Emile Zola; during the social unrest resulting from the Dreyfus affair, de Groux acted as one of Zola's bodyguards.