Gustave de Jonghe was a true academic painter in every sense. He had a highly successful career producing paintings of lavishly dressed women and families in fine interiors, portraits and historical genre scenes. As with any of the academic painters in Europe during the nineteenth century, de Jonghe had incredible technical abilities in both his rendering of the human form and nearly invisible brushwork.
De Jonghe was the son of Jan Baptiste, a master painter in his own right. De Jonghe studied painting in Brussels under the guidance of Navez. In 1863 de Jonghe obtained a gold medal at the Paris Salon and a medal in Amsterdam that same year. The following year he won a medal in Brussels.