Dirk Baksteen was born in the Netherlands in 1886 and died in Belgium in 1971. He assumed Belgian nationality. He was a son of Dirk Baksteen and Jansje van Heiningen and grew up in a family of ten children and had to help maintain the family as a house painter. However, like his brother Gerard, he became a painter at a young age. On the advice of this brother, Baksteen ended up in Antwerp in 1912. Due to his stay in Mol, Baksteen is counted with the Molse School. Many of his works also depict the Kempen, such as this etching of a Kempian farm. In 1932 Dirk Baksteen also acquired Belgian nationality.