Arguably better known today as a Modernist architect, Armand Cornut was also a painter of some considerable ability. He was born in the Brussels suburb of Laeken in 1904. Whilst still in his teens he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels to study architecture, (where incidentally he would later become a professor). Graduating in 1924, he continued his education by taking a series of courses in general Applied Arts at the Academy of Ghent. He was torn between his love of architecture and his love of painting and it appears in the end he decided to pursue both devotions. He took apprenticeships with both architects such as Jean de Ligne and Antoine Pompe as well painters Andre Philippot and Camille Barthelemy. For the sake of this biography I will concentrate on his painting. He painted in a tight Modernist manner initially but later would broaden his technique to produce landscapes and marines in an Impressionist manner. He frequented the coastal towns of France, particularly those in Normandy and Brittany where he found the clear light conducive for his oeuvre. Although one usually sees these later compositions, his early figure work is far rarer. Works by Arman Cornut are housed in the national Collection of Belgium.