Born in Laeken in Belgium, Maurice Blieck studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels around 1894-96. He painted mainly portraits, landscapes, seascapes and harbour scenes and when he later moved to Paris be became strongly influenced by the Impressionists. He was a founder member of Le Sillon (The Furrow) and participated in the group’s exhibitions from 1896. Other members included Jef Lambeaux, Alfred Bastien, Jean Laudy and Maurice Wagemans. During the First World War he lived successively in Paris and London. His style later evolved towards Symbolism and he associated with the Symbolist painters Jules Merckaert and Paul Mathieu. Collections: Leeds Museums & Galleries; Dundee Art Galleries & Museums; Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp; Municipal Museums, Bruges; Ixelles Museum, Brussels.