Victor Horta (1861–1947) was a Belgian architect and designer. He is considered one of the founders of the Art Nouveau movement. His Hôtel Tassel is often considered Belgium’s first house. Four of the buildings he designed have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Maison du Peuple/Volkshuis was the headquarters for the Belgian Workers’ Party from 1895 to 1899. The Center for Fine Arts in Brussels is considered one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau. Some of his most representative designs include those of the Hotel Tassel and the Hotel Solvay.
Both his parents came from Ninove; father Eysselinck had ended up in Tienen as an employee at the railway company. Gaston Eysselinck was educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, where he was taught by Geo Henderick, among others. Eysselinck was able to interpret foreign influences in a personal way in a short period.