REWIND: July 15, 2023
Belgian Painter Edward P. Buyck
and his Connection to Glens Falls
By Teri Rogers
A dramatic and moving watercolor reprint graces the stairway at the Warren County Historical Society. It depicts an historic scene that could very well have taken place on the banks of the Hudson River at the turn of the twentieth century: men using a peavey to pull logs from the river, sawing some, and loading them onto a horse and wagon for transport. What this painting portrays is perhaps one of the most famous aspect of Glens Falls and Warren County’s history.
The Buyck painting on the stairwell at the Historical Society
The information hung with our painting
Upon further inquiry as to the creator of this striking piece of art, we discovered that it was painted by Edward P. Buyck. And, just who is he?
Edward P. Buyck de Morkhoven, revered today as a renowned landscape painter, was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1889. He served in the Belgian forces during World War I, was wounded, and immigrated to the United States where he enlisted in the Army and served at Camp Mead and the Watervliet Arsenal. He became a US citizen in 1918.
Buyck’s career as an artist and painter was not interrupted by his military service. He created
recruiting posters for the military and patriotic posters for the Red Cross and the YMCA. And, he drew political cartoons satirizing the Kaiser.
Edward P. Buyck