Born to wealthy industrialists, Georges Maroniez was encouraged to study law and become a magistrate, yet his love for painting would push him to take night classes at art school. There he would become friends with Adrien Demont, the son-inlaw of Jules Breton, and both painters would encourage him to leave his career and become a professional artist.
Maroniez would see great success in his paintings of ports in Brittany, Normandy, Belgium and the Netherlands. Yet while the artist was best known for his preference for coastal subject matters, his style departed from typical marine paintings.
His scenes combine a realism inherited from Breton with the figurative richness of Flemish genre painting, both of which he would bathe in the atmospheres of sunset and twilight. His characteristic style would win him acclaim at the Salon and he was awarded multiple medals throughout his career.