Against his father will, who would have preferred he worked in the textile industry, he went to study art in Gand. Then he moved to Brussels, to attend Frans Courtens' classes, who introduced him to impressionist landscape painting. He followed this impressionist direction for several years although it did not fully satisfy him.
He lived in Laethem-Saint-Martin from 1898 to 1908, when he renewed his art in depth. Close to George Minne and Gustave van de Woestijne, and under the strong influence of Pieter Brueghel the Elder, his conception of landscapes evolved. He restrained his colour palette and his compositions got more abstract and simpler, far from the artificiality of his first style. He favoured winter landscapes above all, such as our painting. It was probably executed around the years 1920 and is undoubtedly representative, with its muffled tones and the superb Japanese-inspired arabesque of the bare tree in the foreground. This uninhabited landscape is full of an intense and timeless poetry.
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