For the young painter Charles Eyck, France was the main country of orientation. After winning the Prix de Rome in 1922 and a trip to Italy, the painter went to the South of France for four years. After that he visited Paris and Cagnes many times, but eventually settled in Schimmert in South Limburg. Despite the fact that Eyck was deaf, he made many trips overseas. He incorporated his impressions into an astonishingly versatile oeuvre: he gained fame as a painter, illustrator, sculptor, glazier and ceramist and made many monumental wall paintings. Simply put, he combined influences from Picasso, Matisse and Cobra into a unique, romantic expressionism.