Edgard Breyne enjoyed great success as a painter of portraits, figure subjects and the occasionally still-life.He was born in Ghent in 1887 and received early art instruction nearby at the Academy of Saint-Luc. Taught here by the painters Delvin and Van Biesbroeck he developed his own style, one of using a limited palette yet filling his compositions with light whether sunlight, moonlight or street lamps.
He was just getting himself established as a painter when World War I broke out. As with many of his countrymen, Breyne fled Belgium and at first moved to Holland. Here he decided to take further instruction so enrolled at the Academy of The Hague. He would move again, around 1917, travelling to Britain where he would see out the war.
Returning to Belgium he established a studio in Antwerp and recommenced painting professionally. For the next forty years he enjoyed wide popularity and was a participant in many important art exhibitions. Perhaps his standout exhibition was held in 1932 at the Salle Buyle in Antwerp.
This atmospheric piece dates to the early 1920’s and shows a summer fair probably on the Vlaamsekaai in Antwerp.