(b Antwerp, June 11, 1839; d Brussels, Dec 1921).
Belgian painter. He studied at the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp from 1854 to 1856, and in Paris from 1856 to 1858. In Paris he met Charles-François Daubigny, Jean-François Millet, Théodore Rousseau and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, whose ideas he absorbed; under their influence he overcame the rigid training he had received in Antwerp. After returning to Belgium he worked with a group of young artists that included Franz Courtens, Jacob Rosseels (1828–1912) and Isidore Meyers (1836–1917) at Kalmthout, north-east of Antwerp, and at Termonde on the River Escaut. The artists’ colony at Kalmthout was visited by the painter Théodore Baron (1840–99), with whom Heymans soon became friends. Heymans moved to Brussels in 1869, and the two artists worked together in a studio there, although Heymans also worked at Wechel-ter-Zande in the Campine region. He became associated with the Société Libre des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. His works of this period show the influence of the Barbizon school, as in ...