Emile Baes was born in Brussels in either 1879 or 1889. He
studied with J. Stallaert at l’Académie des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles.
He completed his education with Bonnet and Cabanel in Paris.
Baes worked as a painter, illustrator, and writer. He was known for
his diverse subject matter including historical paintings,
portraits, nudes and landscapes. Most noteworthy among his subject
matter are femme fatale figures including Salomé, Messaline, and
Cleopatra. The writings of Flaubert and the style and composition of
Symbolism influenced the development of his work.
Baes’ work exemplifies the Orientaliste compositional elements found
in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Parisian work. In
1903 and 1904 he exhibited at the Salon de Bruxelles. Between 1928
and 1933 Baes exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in Paris. He
exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français from 1929 to 1938 and
the Salon des Tuileries between 1933 and 1939. Baes wrote Les dieux
sadiques, Princesesse d’ Amour.