1946-1950

1946

Birth of his daughter Martine.

Is one of eight artists selected for the exhibition The Young Belgian Painters (La Jeune Peinture Belge) at the Galerie de France in Paris where he reveals Still life with basket (Nature morte au panier) and Portrait of my mother (Portrait de ma mère).

Robert Delevoy devotes a chapter entitled Louis Van Lint: the obsession for strangeness in his book The Young Belgian Painters.

1947

Individual exhibition at the Apollo Gallery in Brussels.

Is invited for the first time to participate in the Salon de Mai in Paris.

Participates in two major exhibitions of The Young Belgian Painters in Stockholm and in the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels.

Death of his father and mother.

1948

Exhibits in the Venice Biennale as part of The Young Belgian Painters.

First acquisition of a work  by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels Still life. Glass lamp (Nature morte, Verre à lampe, 1947).

Beginning of his lyrical abstraction style of painting like Heaven, sea and earth (Ciel, mer et terre).

Participates in an exhibition of Belgian watercolors and drawings at the Brooklyn Museum in New York which acquired the painting balconies and facades.

Discovers with emotion the work of of Paul Klee at the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels.

1949

Participates in exhibitions with the COBRA group, launched by Christian Dotremont; where he influenced artists like Alechinsky.

Makes his magic lantern, a kinetic sculpture projecting abstract forms.

The following year, one of his lithographs appears in the COBRA magazine No. 6.

1950

He has solo exhibitions at the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels and at the Galerie de Verneuil in Paris (also 1954).

He wins the International Prize for Painting in Santa Margherita Ligure, where he stays to visit the Italian Riviera.

Painted a series of oil and watercolour abstracts and linear-character serials inspired by the scaffolding and windows of the Chartres Cathedral, including the painting Chartres, the first acquisition by the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

Participated in the creation of the René Lust Fondation for awarding The Young Belgian Painters Prize.