Born in Antwerp in 1869, Edmond Heirman was a self-taught painter and graphic artist. He specialized in landscapes, street scenes, marines and the occasional still-life handled with a light and vigorous Impressionist technique. Although he had achieved some local success it was not until 1918 that he first exhibited nationally when he was invited to participate in an exhibition in Brussels. This breakthrough was probably as a result of his friendship with the painter Victor Gilsoul, one of Belgium’s most important and influential artists of the day. Gilsoul himself praised Herman’s `…sense of composition and exceptional use of color’.