Emile Wauters was the nephew of the archivist Alphonse Wauters. He was a pupil of Jean- François Portaels and Jean-Léon Gérôme in Paris. He spent some time in Rome, Naples, Florence, Pisa, Padua, Verona and Venice and visited Egypt, Spain and Morocco. He settled in Paris in 1890.He made his debut in Brussels in 1872 with “Rocky Site”, which demonstrated the astounding virtuosity of this young artist who was equally at home depicting figures or landscapes. “The Madness of Hugo Van der Goes” was the beginning of his prestige and each of his commissioned paintings enhanced it.
Between 1889 and 1900 the painter contributed to the Royal Academy in London. He was awarded no less than six Medals of Honor in Paris in 1878 and 1889; Munich, 1879; Antwerp, 1885; Vienna, 1888; and Berlin, 1883. He was a member of the Academy of Belgium and an honorary member of the Vienna, Berlin and Munich Academies and the corresponding member of the Institut de France and that of Madrid.
Museums & Galleries
Royal Academy, London
William Morris Gallery
Various Museums, Belgium
L. Solvay, ‘Notice sur Charles -Emile Wauters’, Annuaire de l’Académie Royale de Belgique 1935, p. 35-86