Cassiers studied Architecture and received his artistic training at the academies of Brussels and Saint-Josse-ten-Node.

He quickly developed his own style and themes, focused on maritime scenes (“marines”) and town and village scenes, both in Flanders (including in Genk ) and the Netherlands. He was particularly attracted by the Dutch costumes , especially those of Zealand and Katwijk.

He illustrated between 1886 to 1893 many popular magazines such as The Flemish Patriot, Le Globe Illustré, L’Illustration Européenne. Additionally, his illustrations appeared in various books, including those by Camille Mauclair , Emile Verhaeren , Cyril Buysse and Jean d’Ardenne. The Guide descriptif illustré de la cote de Flandre (Brussels, 1888) has 106 drawings by Cassiers.

The style of Cassiers lent itself perfectly to publicity purposes.

Many tourist sites and shipping companies have used his work. He was best known however, for his work with the Red Star Line.  From 1898 his work was used on many posters, postcards, menus and other advertising material.

He was also a member of the Belgian artists’ Les Hydrophiles .

In 1994 a major retrospective of his work was held, which was seen in Museum Vleeshuis in Antwerp and the Katwijk Museum in Katwijk.

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