COMBAZ, Gisbert-Corneille-Henri-Paul

COMBAZ, Gisbert-Corneille-Henri-Paul. Anvers 23.9.1869 — Schaerbeck (Bruxelles) 18.1.1941. Belgian Art Historian and Archaeologist. Also himself a painter. Professor in Brussels. Son of major Paul C. Studies of law at Brussels, then of art. In 1894-1940 he held a course of decorative art at École des Arts industrielles et décoratifs in Ixelles. From 1905 he was Professor of Art History at Université Nouvelle, from 1912 Professor “de composition d’ornements” at Académie royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles. He wrote pioneer studies on the relationship and influence between various artistic traditions, and was one of the first to give Indian art its proper historical position and relationships. Made also research on symbolics of Eastern art.

Publications: research on Chinese art; “L’évolution du stūpa en Asie”, Mél. chinois et bouddhiques 2, 1932-33, 163-305; 3, 1934-35, 93-144; 4, 1935-36, 1-125; “Masques et dragons d’Asie”, Mél. chinois et bouddhiques 7, 1939-45, Bruxelles 1945, 1-10, 72-92, 172-249.

L’Inde et l’Orient classique. I. Texte. II. Table des titres abrégés, références iconographiques, planches. Publ. du Musée Guimet, Documents d’art et d’arch. 1. P. 1937.

Sources: Grousset & Auboyer, Mél. chinois et bouddhiques 7, 1939-45, i-ix; H. Lavachery, Biogr. Nat. Belg. 33, 1965, 169-173; P. Servais, D.O.L.F. 234; French Wikipédia

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