Gaston Bertrand was one of the founders of the artists’ association Jeune Peinture Belge in 1945. This heterogeneous group wanted to promote young Belgian artists, both nationally and internationally. Bertrand initially worked in a figurative style. From 1949 onwards, he painted abstract with figurative elements. Nature and his familiar environment were his most important sources of inspiration. In addition, works were created with topics such as the Paris metro, Italian architecture and landscapes from the Provence. Gaston Bertrand regularly worked in series. He was a source of inspiration for many of the Belgian post-war abstract artists, in particular he was a mentor for Guy Vandenbranden.