Dupuis was born in the Belgian city of Ghent in 1882 where he would later study at the Academy. Graduating in 1897 he had received art instruction from Jean Delvin who had instilled within the young artist a love of painting the human form. His later images of children are testament to Delvin’s influence and are considered by most to be Dupuis’ best work. In the early years of the twentieth century Dupuis continued to study while actively enjoying a professional career as a painter. He was fascinated with Industrial Design and would later become a professor at the Ghent Academy teaching that particular skill. Maurice Dupuis was a frequent exhibitor at many of Belgium’s premier institutions and also became an important influence in the direction of Belgian Art. Along with his contemporaries, Maurice Sys and Jos Verdegem he promoted Belgian Art on the international stage by exhibiting with others in Venice, Paris and the United States. After the death of Maurice Dupuis in Ghent in 1959 a number of important retrospectives of his work were held including those at the Galerie Georges Giroux in Brussels in 1960 and later in 1982 at the Museum of Ghent.