Andre Hallet was born in Liege, Belgium in 1890 and it appears showed an early precocious talent for painting. Enrolling at the prestigious Liege Academy, he was tutored by Adrien de Witte. Although his time spent at the Academy helped his technical skills, his style was influenced later during an apprenticeship at the studio of Richard Heintz. Emulating Heintz’s predilection for impressionism, he worked with bold, vibrant colors producing almost Fauvist compositions. These early paintings were mostly pure landscape pieces painted in Belgium as well as Italy and France. In 1920 he moved to Bruges and the following year to Louvain where he established a studio. For the next twelve years he became a frequent exhibitor at many of Belgium’s premier art establishments where his work was widely praised by the public and critics alike. 1934 saw everything change, after returning from his first visit to the Congo all subsequent paintings were of an African theme. Making almost annual trips to Africa he amassed an extensive and varied collection of paintings, drawings and watercolors many of which are illustrated in the book “Andre Hallet – L’Afrique Profonde” His later years were spent in a modest house in the Congo where he died in 1959. His paintings today can be seen in numerous museums including those in Belgium in Brussels, Liege and Louvain as well as museums in Paris, Belgrade, New York and Marseille.