The Flemish painter, draftsman and sculptor George Minne was born on 30 August 1866 in Gent in Belgium. While his early work is dominated by Gothic, his main work is mainly concerned with sculptures characterized by mystical symbolism and pre-Raphaelism. Minne died on 20 February 1941 in Sint-Martens-Latem in Belgium.
Minne started studying architecture in 1880 with Jean Delvin at the Köninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Ghent. He then studied painting until 1886 with Théodore Channeel and sculpture with Louis van Biesbroek. In 1890 Minne first exhibited his works with the Belgian Symbolists, the artist group Les XX (Les Vingt), founded in 1884. Its members included the painters James Ensor, Theo van Rijsselberghe, Fernand Khnopff, and Henry van de Velde. His studies with Charles van der Stappen at the Académie Saint-Luc de Gand in Brussels 1895–96 pointed George Minne towards his true path: he started developing the sculpture of the Kneeling Youth. Starting in 1912 Minne lectured at the Köninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Ghent and after the outbreak of the First World War, fled with his wife to Wales. After the end of the war, he started teaching again. In 1930 Leo van Puyvelde wrote the first catalogue raisonné with a monograph about George Minne. In 1931 the sculptor was ennobled.