Born in La Louviere, Belgium in 1876, Paul Leduc studied art at the Academy of Mons before furthering his education at the Antwerp Academy; finally he was to attend private classes with the painter Coosemans in the town of Tervuren. By 1896 he was keen to start painting professionally and commenced a series of lengthy visits to neighboring Holland and France as well as a yearlong sojourn in Italy. His paintings are above all vibrant, a disciple of Impressionism he was particularly skilled at depicting dappled light and the harsh sunlight of southern Italy. His paintings became immensely popular in his native Belgium where they were avidly collected, even finding their way into the Royal Collection. Other examples of his work can be seen in numerous Belgian museums including those at Mons, Brabant and Hainaut and internationally in the museums of Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Frankfurt and Bucharest.
This beautifully toned example of his work dates to 1908, regarded by most as his finest period. It depicts fishing boats in the town of Dordrecht in Holland.