Eugène-Joseph Verboeckhoven was born in Warneton on June 8, 1798 and was the son and student of Barthelemy Verboeckhoven – the Belgian sculptor. Eugene began his career as a sculptor, but quickly turned his attentions to painting. He studied with Balthazar Ommeganck (1755 – 1826), who was considered one of the finest sheep painters of his time, and took classes at the Academy in Gent under A. Voituron.
Verboeckhoven’s success was immense and his paintings found buyer’s before they were finished; it is even said that his talents were greater that his teacher B. Ommeganck. During his long and successful career he traveled and exhibited his works throughout Europe. He made his debut at the Gent Salon in 1820, where he received great praise, and continued to exhibit there throughout his lifetime. He was also a frequent exhibitor at exhibitions in Brussels, Paris, London, Saint Petersburg and Antwerp.
Verboeckhoven established a studio in Brussels where he taught numerous artists and collaborated with many of the more important painters of his day; including De Jonghe, De Noter, Verwee, and Koekkoek. Among the many honors he received were the Legion of Honour, Order of Leopold, Order of the Christ of Portugal, and the Iron Cross. Eugène Verboeckhoven died in 1881.
Examples of his work can be seen in numerous museum collections including those in Amsterdam; Antwerp; Berlin; Brussels; Leeds; Liverpool; London; Nantes; Oslo; and Gent.