Born in Antwerp in 1894 Josef, or Jos as he preferred, Desmedt enjoyed a comprehensive period of artistic study by attending the Academies of Antwerp, Mechelen, and Brussels from 1909 to 1919. He was fortunate to receive instruction from some of the finest teachers of the day including Constant Montald, Jean Delville and Herman Richir. The one thing that these various teachers had in common was a predilection for painting the human form so it was only natural that Desmedt would also choose to paint genre subjects. In the early 1920’s he lived for a while in Paris, working as an assistant to the painter and decorateur Luc Olivier Merson. It was whilst with Merson that Desmedt was first introduced to stained glass window design, a skill that he would utilize himself at a later date. Returning to Belgium he established a studio in Antwerp and commenced painting professionally. Much of his work was of a historical or religious nature and often took the form of monumental murals commissioned for public buildings. A man of exceptional and varied talents, Jos Desmedt was made Professor of Decorative Arts at the Ecole des Arts et Métiers in Etterbeek, close to Brussels. This fabulous example of his work dates to 1942 and depicts people dancing, drinking, and playing music at a village fete.