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Frans Claerhout

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Father Frans Claerhout was born in Pittem, Belgium in 1919.  In 1946 he came to South Africa as a Catholic missionary and worked mainly among the people in the Orange Free State.  But Claerhout had two passions in life, not only the God he ministered to people, but also his art.  Father Claerhout’s belief inspired him, which led him to his natural paintings of the people and animals he was surrounded by.  Claerhout passed away in 2006 but will always be remembered through his art and his famous donkey paintings.