Just like most of his contemporaries Arthur Navez (Antwerp °1881 - Ixelles °1931) had education at the “Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts” in Brussels. Spending some time in Paris early 1900, Navez refined his technique through teachings by renowned painter Gérome. Starting his artistic career in a post-impressionist style, it was Paul Cézanne who had a big influence on his work. In 1907 he returned to Brussels, where he rather found his own way by joining the Brabant fauvists. He then exhibited his work as a member of the group "Le Sillon" and soon got a lot of recognition for his raw talent.