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1928

After many years in Congo André’s parents came back to Gent.

1930

Birth of André in Gent.

1932

Andre with his father and mother.

1933
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Andre with his parents in Ostend.

1938

The family Van Ghendt moves to Brussels.

1946

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.

1948
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Meets for the first time his future wife Marylou Remy, daughter of a rich Ostends bourgeois family.

1951

Quit his studies after five years and will never be an architect. Goes to the army in the marine forces.

1952

Starts to work in an office of the Wegebo company after having be introduced by a family member.

1953

Settles in Brussels in an apartment. Makes black and white illustrations for several newspapers.

1954

Draws many comics and illustrations.

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Marries Marylou Remy in June

1955
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Lives for a few months in Sweden.

1957

Decides to emigrate to Canada where he worked in a drawing office for a year.

1958

Back to Belgium for the International Exposition in Brussels. Never got back in Canada.

1960

First known participation in a drawing contest.

1961

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.

1963

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.

1964

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.

1965

Birth of a second daughter Audry. Andre plays in a few theatre productions.

1968

His mother dies in Brussels.

1970

The family with friends.

1973
1974

Makes a two months expedition by car to India. Is getting more interested in buying and selling Tribal arts in particular African art.

1975
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His father who lived almost twenty years in Congo dies in Brussels.

1977
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Holidays in the south of France.

1978

Sells the old farm in Tremelo and moves to a greater modern house.

1979

Has a terrible car accident with severe injuries which obliged him to draw with his left hand for several months.

1980

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.

1982

Travels to Mali in Africa.

1984

First drawings exhibition in la galerie d’Egmont in Brussels. Many good reviews were written at the time in different newspapers.

1985
1986

His lifeboat

1987

South of France with Malou

Townhall Trans-en-Provence

1988

Travels for the first time to Congo for one month.

1989

Birth of his first grandson Arthur. Opens a new shop.

 

 

1990

Painting in his atelier

1991

His son starts to work with him in the antique business.

1992
1993

Got his pension and had now more time to draw and paint.

1994

Exposition in l’atelier d’Arcane in Ixelles.

1996

Birth of his second grandson Jérôme.

1997

Exposition in Planète Chocolat in the center of Brussels. At this time he begins to have problems with his health and must be operated.

1999
2000
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André dies of a long cancer at the age of 69 years old.

2014
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Commemorative expo in the gallery of his son Eric.

2017
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Genealogy tree of the family.

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