Emile Nicholas Van Doren was born in Brussels, Belgium in1865. He was an impressionist landscape painter. He was a student of the master teachers and artists, Jan Stobbaerts and J.Portaels. He also studied with Joseph Quinaux at the Brussels Academy of Fine Arts.
He won the Auguste Donnay Prize which allowed him to travel and paint throughout the Netherlands which he met Baron Frans Courtens, the famed Belgian artist. He and the equally famed J. Coosemans inspired him greatly.
Van Doren's first exhibit was held in 1890 in Ghent where he visited and in 1891, decided to live for the rest of his life.
There he founded the L'Hotel des Artistes, which became a popular meeting place for artists. He was also one of the founding fathers of the Ghent School of Art.
Van Doren was a member of the art circle, De Heecrabbers et Pro Arte.
He died in 1949. In 1947, a retrospective of his work was held a Hasselt, Belgium. Today, Van Doren's works can be found in public and private collections, including in museums in Ghent, Ixelles, Huy and Malines, Belgium. His home, "Verloren Hoek" was transformed into the Van Doren Museum.