As Halbart was a painter of primarily landscapes and urban views, this still-life is quite rare. Dating to the earlier part of his career, around 1880, it illustrates clearly why his work is so highly prized and revered. Gustave Halbart was born in the town of Rocourt in 1846 and it appears was a self-taught artist. As a young man he was keen to travel and spent many months in both Italy and North Africa. Once returning to Belgium he commenced his professional career and became a frequent exhibitor at many of Belgium’s more important salons. Perhaps Halbart is best known as being one of a group of Belgian painters who were in the forefront of the move from Realism to Impressionism. In this example we can see the beginnings of this transition where he has depicted a typical Flemish style still-life and yet has imbued it with a touch of Impressionism. Gustave Halbart died in the town of Vise, Belgium in 1913. Paintings by the artist can be seen today in the Museum of Liege.