Now universally regarded as one of the preeminent Impressionist painters in Belgium during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Lucien Frank was a master at painting atmospheric work. Born in Brussels in 1857 he received early instruction in the arts at the Academy of Tervuren. This initial instruction was useful but Lucien Frank decided that he would gain a greater knowledge and appreciation for the more modern styles of painting in Paris. He settled in Paris in 1877 and joined the atelier of Charles Daubigny, the noted French paysagiste of the Barbizon School. Daubigny instilled within the young artist a love of painting landscapes, an influence that would last for most of his career. Whilst in Paris he met and was mentored by Edouard Manet who persuaded him to paint views of Paris, particularly in the winter, these rare cityscapes are the most prized of all his work. Returning to Belgium he established a studio in Brussels and was soon working in both oils and watercolors painting views of the countryside. A frequent traveler, Frank made trips to Spain, France and Holland to broaden his choice of subjects and to appreciate the varying lights. Lucien Frank died in Ohain in 1920. His paintings can be seen in numerous Belgian museums and public collections including those at Brussels, Tervuren and Liege as well as the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.