The abstract movement in Belgium arose in Antwerp and Brussels at the end of the First World War. In Antwerp the movement was concentrated around the essayist Michel Seuphor and the poet Paul van Ostaijen, ardent advocates of pure imagery. At the same time there was another group of abstract artists at work in Brussels, including Victor Servranckx, who had already exhibited non-figurative work at the Georges Giroux Gallery there. Throughout his life Servranckx remained true to his views on visual art and was undoubtedly the most interesting member of the abstract tendency in Belgium. Some of his work is based on stylised elements from industry and mechanics, as is the case here, in Harbour Opus 2, but it is usually entirely abstract.