Karel Verlat was a romanticrelistant painter and engraver of historical and genre scenes portraits and animals. Verlat was educated at the Antwerp Academy with Gustave Wappers and Nicaise De Keyser. In addition, he was also a pupil of E. Hamman and Jozef Lies. Verlat completed with Ary Scheffer H. Flandrin and Th. Couture in Paris (18501868) where he had contact with G. Courbet. Verlat was in the period 18691874 teacher and director at the Academy of Weimar and in 18751877 visited the Near East. In 1877 he became a teacher and in 1885 he became a director at the Academy of Antwerp. Verlat formed among others Richard Baseleer Charles Boom Henry Luyten and Henri van de Velde. He played an important role in the Antwerp art life. Karel Verlat was a supporter of realism and naturalism but evolved towards a more traditionalist approach. However, due to his tradionalism, he came into conflict with the news workers over time. He was particularly renowned for his monumental romanticnaturalistic genre scenes with more than lifesize figures and animals.