Victor Gilsoul was a student of Louis Artan and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels with Franz Courtens. He began exhibiting his works at an early age, painting views around Brussels in an impressionist style. In 1882 he won the 1st Prix d'excellence for landscape painting from the Academie voor Schone Kunsten. Four years later he distanced himself from the painting style, began to paint in the neo-romantic style and from 1890 sent the exhibition "Voorwaarts", where he quickly caused a sensation. Art critics and collectors began to be interested in the young painter, who now devoted himself entirely to the realistic-romantic style of painting. His collectors included a. King Leopold II and some ministers. Gilsoul won a gold medal at the international exhibition in Munich in 1897, which further increased his circle of collectors. A year later he was awarded the Leopold Order and became a professor at the Antwerp Academy of Art. In 1900 he won the silver medal at an exhibition in Paris. Orders from the Belgian royal family followed. In 1910 he went to France, first to Paris before traveling the country. In 1923 he finally returned to Belgium, where he continued to paint successfully and highly celebrated until the end of his life.