Marie Howet was a painter of nudes, portraits, figures, still-lifes landscapes in oil and watercolor as well as being a designer, sculptor, ceramicist and poet. She was born on 24th March 1897 in Libremont in the Ardennes and received her artistic instruction in the studio of Guillaume van Strydonck before travelling to Paris to hone her technique. She took much of her inspiration from La Vallée de Semois and the Ardennes and this subject matter resulted in landscapes or figures in rural settings: village festivals, farms, woodland views or pure landscapes. Initially her technique was governed by adhering to the principles of drawing but this evolved so that her application of the paint was made in bold touches with the pigments spread out in broad, strong brush strokes. Whilst in Paris, Howet produced a number of grey - blue portraits very much in the Nabis style (the French group of artists influenced by Gauguin and including Vuillard, Bonnard and Denis among others). Her palette at that time was made up of clear tones with a prevalence of blue and splashes of emerald green and ultramarine and her brand of impressionism was close to being fauvist. She had become a full member of Le Salon d'Automne during her stay but left Paris in 1922. Her painting took her round France, to Greece, Italy, Ireland and England where she exhibited two paintings in London: one in the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and one at the Royal Society of Artists. She was awarded 1st Prize at L'Académie Bruxelles in 1916 and won Grand Prix de Rome in 1922. Upon returning to Belgium, she set up a studio in Brussels and became a member of La Société Royale Belge des Aquarellistes and between 1931 and 1950 was a member of the jury for Le Prix de Rome. She was also member of La Fédération Féminine Artistique Belge. Away from painting her poetry was of standard to be published and two anthologies of her works, "A la Source d'Ara" and "Feu de Bois" came out in 1934 and 1970 respectively. Her paintings can be seen in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Ixelles, Liège (Musée de l'Art Wallon), Namur, Tournai, Dublin and Riga.