BORN 19 Mar 1825, Merchtem - DIED 24 Nov 1903, Brussel: Elsene|
GRAVE LOCATION Brussel: Ixelles Cimetière (pelouse S)
Grandson of the poet Jan-Frans Stallaert. His father wanted Joseph
to enter into business and at fifteen he started working for
an uncle of the painter Edmond de Schampheleer. De Schampheleer
helped him to a position in the studio of François-Joseph Navez.|
After his father died he fully concentrated on painting and in 1847 he won the Prix de Rome. He stayed in Italy until 1852, where he met Cabanel and studied Raphael. A visit to Pompei inspired him to paint "De grot van Diomedes" for which he received a gold medal in 1860 in Brussels.
After his return in 1852 he became the director of the Academy in Doornik. In 1865 he obtained the position of first teacher of painting and drawing at the Academy in Brussels. After Portaels died in 1895 he became one of the directors of the Academy. He retired in 1900 and died in 1903 in Brussels.
Cimitière d'Ixelles, Cercle D'Histoire Locale D'Ixelles, 1990