Eugène Simonis

Louis-Eugène Simonis (11 July 1810, in Liège – 11 July 1893, in Koekelberg) was a Belgian sculptor.[1]

Eugène Simonis, lithograph by Charles Baugniet published in Les Artistes Contemporains (1836)


Simonis studied under François-Joseph Dewandre at the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Liège and at the age of nineteen went to Italy, where he continued his studies in Bologna and Rome.[2] When he returned to Belgium he accepted an instructor position at the Liege Academy. Later he moved to Brussels, where he became the director of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts. Among his many students were the Belgian sculptors Thomas Vinçotte, Julien Dillens, and Charles Samuel.

The square in Brussels, where Simonis had his studio, was given the name Eugène Simonis Square in his honor. A metro station in Brussels, completed in 1982, bears his name. In 2007, a bust of Simonis by Annie Junger was unveiled at Simonis Square.[3]


Selected worksEdit






  1. ^ "Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie". Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  2. ^ Théodore Gobert (1925) Liège à travers les âges Liège,
  3. ^ "Beeld Eugène Simonis onthuld", 4 April 2007, in Flemish[dead link]
  4. ^ Handelsblad (Het) 15-05-1881


  • Jordens-Leroy, Chantal (1990) Un sculpteur belge du XIXe Siecle: Louis-Eugene Simonis Académie Royale de Belgique, Brussels, ISBN 2-8031-0083-5