For an artist with such obvious talents, there is a surprising paucity of paintings known or indeed much biographical information. What we do know is that he produced some quite outstanding, usually small, Impressionist works during his career. His subjects ranged from forest scenes, views of Bruges and Brussels, marines, portraits and beach scenes always handled with a fabulous feeling for light and close attention to detail. This particular piece perfectly captures his skills as a painter and could not be a more typical example of his oeuvre. Dating to the very early years of the twentieth century, Vermeire has painted a bustling street scene, undoubtedly in Brussels. He was born in Ghent in 1877 and appears to have been self-taught. We know that he enjoyed traveling to gain inspiration as he is known to have worked in both Spain and France. Although it appears he rarely exhibited, his works were handled by the important Brussels private gallery the Galerie Georges Giroux. Georges Vermeire died in Brussels in 1947.