Born in Soignies in 1896, Leclercq studied at the Academy of Brussels from 1913-1914. He continued his studies at the academy after World War One before establishing a studio in Brussels. His work before 1930 can be regarded as Impressionist but after that, having discovered the work of Constant Permeke, he changed and became an Expressionist. In this example, painted in watercolors round 1935, we see him transitioning between his earlier more representative work and his Expressionist period. There have been many important exhibitions of his work held in Belgium over the years and his work is housed today at the museums of Brussels, Charleroi, Mons and Verviers.