Ramah, the pseudonym of Henri Raemacker, was self-taught. Before WWI he was mainly influenced by Rik Wouters. After 1916 Ramah focused increasingly on design rather than on colour. We see this very clearly in The Painter, one of his most mature works of the twenties. The scene is set in a southern landscape. It shows a schematic self-portrait, surrounded by spectators. In 1919 Ramah met the painter Paul Maes. Together they undertook numerous journeys which included Italy and the South of France. Although Ramah did not belong to the Flemish Expressionist group he was admitted to their gallery, Le Centaure, in Brussels; indeed he held many exhibitions there.