Born in Bruges in 1858, Lievin Herremans attended the Antwerp Academy in 1885 to study painting under Charles Verlat. In 1886 he left Belgium for Paris to perfect his artistic skills before continuing on to Italy where he enrolled at a private art school in Florence. Upon his return to Belgium, he commenced painting professionally and soon found a ready market for his work. Landscapes and figure subjects, particularly nudes, were his subjects of choice. A gold medal winner in the Amsterdam Exhibition of 1907, he was soon gaining a reputation as a painter of note. His landscapes were, for the most part, views in the Brabant area of Belgium, particularly scenes around the town of Tervueren.