Starts to study in the Sint Lukas Institute in Brussels. His teachers at that time recommended André to follow the Art section but his father wants that André becomes an architect.
Meets for the first time his future wife Marylou Remy, daughter of a rich Ostends bourgeois family.
Quit his studies after five years and will never be an architect. Goes to the army in the marine forces.
Starts to work in an office of the Wegebo company after having be introduced by a family member.
Settles in Brussels in an apartment. Makes black and white illustrations for several newspapers.
Birth of his first daughter Nathalie. The baby dies after three months. Because of a mental depression André leaves Brussels for a few months and travels to the south of France where he works as a “plagiste” in Juan les Pins.
Has the opportunity to join a polar expedition and stays three months in Greenland. Birth of a healthy son Eric while he still is in Greenland. Came back four days after the birthday.
The family buys a small farm and moves to the countryside in a village called Tremelo. André begins to buy and sell antique furniture and paintings at his home. He also starts to go every weekend on the Sablon antique market.
Makes a two months expedition by car to India. Is getting more interested in buying and selling Tribal arts in particular African art.
Has a terrible car accident with severe injuries which obliged him to draw with his left hand for several months.
Opening of a small tribal art gallery ‘Le Rouet’ in Brussels. Sells on regular base drawings to an Austrian collector Jacques Schroeder but doesn’t sign a contract.
First drawings exhibition in la galerie d’Egmont in Brussels. Many good reviews were written at the time in different newspapers.
Exposition in Planète Chocolat in the center of Brussels. At this time he begins to have problems with his health and must be operated.