Born in Brussels in 1867, Willem Battaille enrolled as a student at the Academy of Sint Jans Molenbeek before completing his artistic studies at the BrusselsAcademy. Remembered as a painter of landscapes, usually depicting views in the Flanders, he is also known to have painted seascapes and figurative images. Stylistically his work can be described as Impressionist, painted with confidence and a strong sense of luminosity. From 1905 he lived and worked in Schaarbeek and for some time held a teaching position at the Nijverheidschool in that town.
Paintings by Willem Battaille are housed at the museum of Mons in Belgium.