Born in Brussels in 1879, Emile Baes studied art at the Academie de Bruxelles under Jan Stallaert. He showed such precocious talent that he was encouraged to further his training in Paris where he could receive classic art instruction.He left for Paris in 1901 where he enrolled at the atelier of Bonnat remaining there for two years before continuing his education under the great figurative painter, Alexandre Cabanel. It was Cabanel that instilled within Baes a love of painting the female form. For the remaining years of his life Baes painted nothing but figurative works often incorporating a slight Orientaliste theme. An exhibitor at all of the major French salons including the Artistes Francais and d’Automne, his work was of a consistently high standard. It appears that he spent much of life in Paris rarely returning to Belgium except for the occasional exhibition at the Brussels Salon.
Examples of his work can be seen in Belgium’s National Collection housed in Brussels.