Paul De Vree

1909 - 1982

Born in Antwerp (BE), died in Antwerp (BE).

Paul De Vree was a pioneer of European concrete poetry and a visual artist. He founded literary journals such as 'De Tafel Ronde' in Belgium (1953–1982) and 'Lotta poetica' (1971–1975) in collaboration with the Italian poet Sarenco. De Vree’s work successively covers typographic compositions, audiovisual events, critique of the mass media and the poetic and political use of photographic images. With his Italian colleagues he elaborated Poesia visiva, a movement that activated both ‘the visual’ and ‘the visionary’. De Vree’s works from his later period reflect his characteristic entanglement of the political and the erotic.

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