Partner Georges Eekhoud

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Portrait de Sander Pierron, Frans Van Holder, 1909, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, 1909-GGGSander Pierron was a Belgian writer of French expression born in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean on July 6, 1872 and died in Ixelles on September 8, 1945 .

Alexandre Pierron nicknamed "Sander" came from a family of craftsmen. His father Evariste, participated in the birth of socialism in Belgium. Despite a brilliant primary education, Sander Pierron was forced to stop his studies to work as a typographer for an unscrupulous indelicate printer.

HiHis meeting with Georges Eekhoud (1854 - 1927), who hired him as secretary, will turn his life upside down. This left-wing French-speaking novelist from the liberal milieu of Antwerp fought social injustice by participating, among other things, with Fernand Brouez in the adventure of La Société nouvelle, a magazine which called for the Social Revolution. It was with this committed writer that young Sander, barely nineteen years old, was introduced to narrative writing.

Georges Eekhoud who at the time was an artistic columnist for various newspapers - introduced him to Shakespeare and Goethe at the same time as he taught him English and German. It also gave him the opportunity to visit numerous exhibitions and attend shows. It was him again who then brought him to L'Indépendance belge (Belgian independence) as a journalist.

A great bond was established between Sander Pierron and his mentor as evidenced by the two hundred and fifty correspondences exchanged by the two men and the journal kept by the novelist gathered in a work entitled Mon Bien Aime Petit Sander [ 1 ] The book reveals a real sentimental relationship discreetly experienced by the two married men and consented to by their respective wives.

He will also become secretary of Labeur, an important group of artists.

It was in contact with Eekhoud, but also with many other Belgian polygraphists such as Verhaeren, Le Roy, Camille Lemonnier and Eugène Demolder that Sander Pierron acquired a solid reputation as an art critic. In 1903, he moved to 157 rue de l'Aqueduc in Ixelles, not far from the famous avenue Louise, a house whose plans were designed by Victor Horta, a house which is now part of the protected heritage of Brussels. It was at this same time that the former typographer worker who became a writer, journalist and art critic wrote an article on the last achievement of his architect friend: The Wauquez stores , rue des Sables in Brussels [ 2 ] .

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