Robie Jean-Baptiste (1821-1910)
Jean Baptiste Robie was born on 11th November 1821 in Brussels. His father was an ironmonger on Rue Haute, a typical tradesman's street in the Marolles district.
His early years were far from easy. Having lost his mother to cholera during an epidemic, he lived off small jobs, painting on metal for department stores and restaurants. Somebody saw him decorating the door of the "Hôpital Saint-Pierre" and offered him, free of charge, a place at the local Academy in Brussels from 1833 to 1837. It could therefore be said that he was self-taught.
His father married again, but Robie did not like his st
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