Gaston Haustrate painted this important street scene in 1914, at the height of his career. The area depicted has been identified as the Hoogstraat, a street known for its artists’ colony from the eighteenth century onwards. He was born in Brussels in 1878 and became a pupil of the Brussels Academy in the mid 1890’s. In 1899 after his gradation from the Academy, he was invited to join the radical art group, ‘Le Sillon’ and he was soon participating in their groundbreaking exhibitions. His early work consisted mainly of figural pieces handled with an interesting palette and thin, almost wash-like, technique. By the early 1920’s he was producing still-lifes, the subject for which he seems best known. His rare landscape pieces from the years prior to World War I show him as a marvelous painter of texture and light. A major retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work was held in Brussels in 1973. His paintings today can be seen in the museums of Brussels and Ixelles in Belgium.