Now regarded as one of the preeminent Belgian Impressionist painters, Jules Postel painted with a light and clarity of immense ability. He was born in the town of Mons in 1867 and showing an early precocious talent for the arts was enrolled at the Academy of Mons at an extraordinary eight years of age. He was to remain there for twelve years receiving a comprehensive artistic education from his primary professors Antoine Bourlard and Auguste Danse. From here he completed his education with a further six years of study at the Academy of Brussels, finally graduating in 1893. This extended education is evident in the degree of skill Postel employed in his work and his masterful use of color. Commencing his career, he chose a wide variety of subjects but it is as a painter of landscapes and intimate town scenes for which he is best remembered. For a while he traveled to Italy and the Midi area of France where the light was conducive to his Impressionist works. Upon returning to Belgium in 1895 he joined a circle of artists know as ‘Bon Vouloir’ and started regularly showing at their annual exhibitions. By now he was receiving critical acclaim and a contemporary writer described his work as ‘…exultant in its serenity, poetry and thoughtfulness’. As with many artists of his day his career was interrupted by WWI and although he continued to paint after the end of hostilities his work rarely reached the heights of his earlier oeuvre. Examples of his work can be seen in a number of Belgian museums including those in Brussels, Mons, Liege and La Louviere.