This painting, dating to around 1910 is signed in the artist’s customary manner, reversing his surname. Arthur Willaert was a painter in oils primarily of landscapes, marines and interiors working in the early years of the twentieth century. He was born in Ghent in 1875 and attended the Ghent Academy of Fine Arts. He, along with his brothers the painters Raphael-Robert Willaert and Ferdinand Willaert, soon gained the notice of critics who were captivated by the fact that this family of limited means could produce three sons of such great talent. Arthur left the Ghent Academy when he was nineteen to concentrate on his other love, the violoncello. He attended important conservatories in both Ghent and Brussels to perfect his playing and it seems graduated with distinctions. By his mid-twenties he had decided to pursue painting rather than his music and had established a studio in Ghent. He was a keen traveler and would make numerous painting trips to Holland, France and Spain in search of subjects for his compositions. He was an exponent of post-Impressionism and attached great importance to the painting of skies. This small oil typifies his approach to his subjects. The view is of the beach near Dunkirk and Willaert has perfectly captured the light of this September day. After a long and distinguished career that saw him exhibit in most Belgium’s premier academies, Arthur Willaert died in his home town of Ghent in 1942.