Hailing from the small town of Lokeren in East Flanders, Marcel Ysewijn was a painter in the style of the Modernists. His first art lessons were given by Pieter Gorus, a landscape artist from nearby Ghent but at the age of twenty he enrolled at the Ghent Academy. Here he worked with Hubert Malfait and perhaps more importantly, Jos Verdegem. Ysewijn enjoyed Verdegem’s style of figural painting with its abstract edge. In 1945 he left the academy and commenced painting professionally. He lived and worked from a studio in Ghent from where he submitted paintings for inclusion in a number of exhibitions including the Salon Quadriennal de Gand in 1954. Over the following years he showed at many more important venues and in the late 1960s several of his works were acquired for the national collection of Belgium.
A label to the reverse of the work mentions that this pastel won the Prix de Jeune Peintre Belge in 1950.