Flemish expressionist with symbolic and (neo)-realistic traits. Develops an individual creative language in which he strongly simplifies reality and does exactly what he wishes, with a tendency toward caricature.
Brother of the writer, poet and journalist Karel van de Woestijne (1878-1929).
Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gent with, among others, Jean Delvin.
In the rural Sint-Martens-Latem on the banks of the Leie he gets to know artists such as the sculptor George Minne and the painters Valerius De Saedeleer and Albijn Van den Abeele, who make up the first Latemse School together with the brothers Van de Woestijne and some others.
Directs himself emphatically to religious and spiritual themes. His short stays in a Benedictine monastery are not unusual.
Undergoes the influence of the Flemish primitives, old masters like Pieter Bruegel, and the British Pre-Raphaelites. His quiet religious scenes are often situated in the Leie area.
He is director of The Acedemy of Fine Arts in Mechelen from 1925. He also teaches at the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp and the Hoger Instituut voor Sierkunsten van Ter Kameren in Brussels.
Van de Woestijne has a solo exhibition at the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels. He also exhibits at the avant-garde gallery Le Centaure and is actively involved in the Brussels art scene.
The Brussels couple David en Alice van Buuren invite him to create paintings in their spacious villa in Ukkel, which is filled to the brim with art. The museum which is later created in the villa houses around thirty works by the artist, as well as paintings by Signac, Van Gogh, Ensor, Foujita, Wouters, Ernst… The Museums of Fine Art in Gent and Antwerp also own work by Gustave van de Woestijne.