Pericklis Pantazis (Greek, 1849-1884), The painter Maurice Hagemans, 1877. Oil on panel, 42 x 33 cm.
Maurice Gustave Joseph Marie Hagemans (Liege, August 27, 1852  – Ixelles, November 2, 1917) was an artist and watercolourist of the Impressionism style. He belonged to the Colonie d’Anseremme, a Belgian painter’s school from the 19th century, and mainly painted portraits and landscapes as genre.
He was the son of rentier Gustave Hagemans, who at the age of 21 had inherited the fortune of his grandfather Josse Hagemans, co-founder of the Société Générale de Belgique and banker of both King William I and King Leopold I. Hagemans spent his childhood in Belgium, Italy and Switzerland, where his father did archaeological research. Around 1860 the family returned to Belgium and settled in the Hainaut village of Macquenoise. His father became a liberal member of parliament in 1866.
The young Hagemans completed secondary education and decided to become an artist. Around 1873 he began painting and helped his father in his archaeological investigations and in 1874 met Félicien Rops at an archaeological conference in Stockholm. He invited Hagemans to settle in Anseremme and become part of the group of painters and writers of the local painting school. He befriended Théodore Hannon, Eugène Verdyen, Périclès Pantazis and Théodore Baron.
Hagemans stayed in Anseremme for about five years, where he met his wife Marie Bricart. He then settled in Brussels where he became a member of the newly established Cercle des Aquarellistes et des Aquafortistes Belges where he had contacts with Edgar Baes, Lionel Baes, Euphrosine Beernaert, Jean Capeinick, Auguste Danse, Marie De Bièvre, Willy Finch, Amédée Lynen and Louis Titz. The following year he became a member of Les Hydrophiles, a tear off of the Cercle des Aquarellistes. During this period he often traveled to Scandinavia and Germany.
Hagemans moved to Antwerp for a while but settled in Ixelles in 1886. From there, he regularly went to the Meuse valley (including in Anseremme, Chooz and Freÿr) to paint there. In 1901 he bought the Villa des Pommiers in Freÿr where he set up a painter’s studio. He also regularly visited the Belgian coast to paint there.
Hagemans died at the age of 65 in his home town of Ixelles and is buried at the local cemetery. His son Paul Hagemans also became a painter.