Born in the Brussels suburb of Anderlecht, Albert Bockstael would become a painter, author and philosopher. In 1915 he enrolled at the Academy of Brussels where he counted Magritte and Sevranckx amongst his classmates. Graduating around 1919 he commenced painting in an expressionist manner, his paintings full of life and vitality. He was a humanist visionary and by the late 1930’s was painting images in a Symbolist style illustrating the grandeur of the cosmos. He lived for a while in the town of Liege where he joined the influential art group ‘Art Moderne’ and collaborated on their periodical ‘Anthologie’. This intriguing work by Bockstael is entitled in Flemish ‘Dorpskermis’ literally meaning ‘Village Fair’. Dating to 1932 it perfectly illustrates his early style and the vitality of his compositions. Albert Bockstael died in the Belgian town of Wommelgem in 1989. Two important retrospective exhibitions of the artist’s work were held, the first in 1973 at the Centre Marcel Peeters and the following year in Brussels at the Institute des Amis de Georges Linze. Works by Albert Bockstael have been acquired for the National Collection of Belgium and can also be seen in the Museum of Liege.