Google translated biography Kunstmakelaardij Metzemaekers Maurice Sijs was born in Ghent Kapucijnenham as the son of a shoemaker. At thirteen he went to the local academy, where his classmates include Hippolyte Daeye, Julius the Praetere and the brothers De Smet. Together with his friends Gustave and Leon De Smet, he debuted in 1904 in Ghent Arts and Letters Circle. Their classmate, the young critic Frederic de Smet, was already considered them along with Alfons Dessenis and Frits Van Den Berghe as the` "revelations dei promise a brilliant artistic future of our city." Together with them, he stood at the cradle of the Brussels modernistic vereninging Les Independants. In 1905 also attracted Maurice Sys at Sint-Martens-Latem and rented a house in the Latemstraat. First, he found friends like the brothers De Smet and Frits Van den Berghe back. Sys but also made friends with tenors of the 'first group, as Valerius The Sadeleer, George Minne and Gustave of Woestyne. Until 1907, the year of his marriage, Sys stayed mostly in Sint-Martens-Latem. Subsequently led his restless vagabond existence him capricious ways, through Belgium, France and the Netherlands. The First World War, he would spend mainly on Dutch waters. In the interwar period, he performed regularly from the shadows by noted exhibitions. His old friends Gustave De Smet and Frits Van den Berghe, however, ran as protagonists of Flemish expressionism more in the spotlight. Sys had a long life painter. After World War II he lived retired to his cabin at Ghent Proveniersstraat Sternstraat.