Born in café ‘In het Hert’ in the old harbour of Antwerp.
Studies at the Academy of Antwerp and encounters work by Van Gogh, Seurat and Toulouse-Lautrec at the exhibition L’Association pour l’Art.
Encounters work by Munch at the salon of La Libre Esthétique, in Brussels.
Visitor of the anarchistic literary centre De Kapel. Works as a charterer in the harbour. Becomes acquainted with Augustine Pautre. First drawing of migrants.
Takes part in the Brussel’s salon La Libre Esthétique next to Renoir, Monet, Cézanne and Vuillard, among others.
Marriage to Augustine Pautre and birth of their son.
Draws his dying wife. Takes part in the first salon of Kunst van Heden (contemporary art) with James Ensor and Jakob Smits, among others.
First solo exhibition in the Antwerpse Koninklijk Kunstverbond (Antwerp Royal Art Union).
Appointed as teacher at the Antwerp Academy.
Dies in Antwerp from an aneurysm.