Jos Verdegem (Ghent, 1897 - there, 1957) was a Flemish-Belgian painter.
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Verdegem grew up in the working-class neighborhood of Muide in Ghent. He was mainly active as a painter and etcher of figures, still lifes and landscapes. Initially he worked as a decorative painter. He took classes at the Academy of Ghent with Georges Minne, Frits Van den Berghe and Jean Delvin, among others. As a war volunteer, he was wounded and evacuated to Britain. After his return to the front of the First World War, he was included in the Section Artistique of the front painters. He participated in the Exposition des peintres du front belge (Switzerland 1917), stayed in Paris from 1922 to 1929 and was introduced to the work of Maurice de Vlaminck, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque, among others. In Paris he was very productive as an etcher and painter and took part in numerous exhibitions. He returned in 1929 and introduced a refined Roman Expressionism, supported by great technical mastery and great spontaneity. He sought his inspiration mainly from women and in the world of the circus and tramps. From 1932 to 1944 he was a teacher at the Ghent Academy. After that he was a private teacher of Luc-Peter Crombé and Jan Saverijs, among others. He worked in several museums, including the Ghent Museum.
* Prize of Rome (1925)
* J. Pipijn Prize (1926)