Born in Brussels in 1895, Charles Swyncop was to become an accomplished painter and lithographer. His elder brother Philippe was seventeen years his senior and it was from his brother that Charles received his early art instruction. Philippe was already a student of the painter Jan Portaels and was well qualified to teach his younger sibling.
In 1908, Charles Swyncop enrolled at the BrusselsAcademy where, under the teaching of Jean Delville, he learnt the finer points of classical painting. He remained there until 1917 when he was drafted to fight in the First World War. In 1919, at the end of hostilities, he reenrolled at the Academy to study further under Herman Richir, the master figurative painter. Graduating in 1920, he was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome enabling him to travel to Italy to paint. Upon his return, he established a studio in Brussels and commenced painting the floral compositions, figural pieces and marine works for which he is now remembered. His love of color and light led him to spend much of the winter months in either Italy or Spain painting the people and places he saw. A true Impressionist, his work has a spontaneity that makes it both invigorating and powerful.