This painter, in both oil and watercolor, of landscapes, urban scenes and marines is noted for his earthy palette and interesting choice of subject. Born in Brussels in 1867, Gilsoul studied art at the Academy of Antwerp where, under the guidance of Franz Courtens and Louis Artan, he developed a keen eye and a love of the stark landscapes found in Belgium. His debut as an exhibiting painter came when he was invited to join the modernist group ‘Voorwaarts’ in the early 1890’s. His paintings were subsequently exhibited throughout Europe winning numerous medals and prizes including a silver medal at the Paris World’s Fair exhibition of 1900. In 1911 he moved to France where he remained until 1918, at the end of the First World War. Returning to Belgium he continued to paint, particularly views around Bruges and Ieper.
Examples of his painting can be seen at the museums of Brussels, Namur, Mons, Antwerp, Paris, Barcelona and Bucharest amongst others.