George Van der Straeten (1856-1928).Georges Van der Straeten was a sculptor of the Belle Epoque born in Ghent, Belgium, on December 21, 1856. He studied with the neo-baroque sculptor Jef Lambeaux (1852-1908). In 1883, at twenty-seven, Van der Straeten moved to Paris. While living in Paris he became friends with Jean Marie Constantin Joseph "Jan" van Beers, a fellow painter and son of the romantic poet Jan van Beers. He lived at 9 Hoche Avenue, Paris. Van der Straeten appeared at his first Paris Salon in 1885 and continued to exhibit until 1912. He won many awards for his work, including the silver medal at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris and a knight of the Legion of Honor in 1903.