From the 1920s to the 1940s Geo Verbanck was one of Ghents most important sculptors. He was commissioned to make numerous busts, memorial stones and monuments.He initially worked in an elegant art nouveau style, but in the 1920 evolved towards a simplified and more austere design in the style of the then prevalent art deco. Facing up to Life is a good example of his work from that period. It is one of a series of pieces in which he rendered the successive phases of a womans life. It was first carved in white marble and then in limewood. The bronze version shown here, commissioned by the City of Ghent, was originally in the Citadel Park. It was moved into the museum for safety reasons in 1997.