Gustave Leonard de Jonghe was born on February 4, 1829 in Courtrai, Belgium. He was a painter of figures and genre scenes. He worked in both oils and watercolors. De Jonghe was the son of Jan Baptiste de Jonghe, who was also a talented artist and was his first teacher. Afterwards, he continued his artistic studies with the acclaimed master teachers and artists, Louis Gallant and Francois Josef Navez. He also had as a mentor and teacher, the famed Belgian artist, Alfred Stevens.
De Jonghe began working in Paris and beginning in1850, exhibited at the prestigious Paris Salon and continued to do so throughout his career. The Paris Salon awarded him with a third place medal in 1863. That same year, he received a medal in Amsterdam.
In 1864, he was given the great honor by the Belgium King of being named, “Chevalier de l’Ordre de Leopold”.
In 1882, de Jonghe suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and returned to Brussels. In 1884, he moved to Antwerp.
Gustave de Jonghe died in Antwerp, Belgium in January 1893.
Today, his works can be found in important private and public collections, worldwide, including at museums in Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Courtrai, Ixelles, Dunkerque, Williamstown, MA, USA and most notably at the Musee d’Orsay, Paris, and The Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia.