SMET Gustave (De)

THREE FLOWERS IN A VASE

Oil on canvas: 35.5 x 30.5 cm / 14 x 12 ins
Signed with a monogram lower right

Impressionist and later on expressionist painter of landscapes, village scenes, still lifes and figures.

Gustave De Smet was the brother of Léon De Smet. He started as a painter/decorator, then studied at the Ghent Academy under Jules Van Biesbroeck and Jean Delvin.  His impressionist period influenced the German and Austrian Secessionists and he became one of the main figures of Flemish expressionism and the second generation of the Laethem painters. He began working in Laethem St. Martin in 1901.

He spent the First World War (1914-1918) in the Netherlands, where he discovered the figurative cubist Le Fauconnier and he converted to expressionism. His works are dominated by its brown tones and its stylized form and structure. He returned to Flanders in 1922.  He settled down in Bachte-Maria-Leerne, after a short stay with Constant Permeke in Ostend.

Period:
Ghent 1877 - Deurle 1943
Belgian School

Exhibitions:
Amsterdam - Antwerp - Bâle - Brussels - Deinze - Ghent - Grenoble - Liège - The Hague

Literature:
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Flower Painters; Belgian and Dutch Artists born between 1750 & 1880", Knokke 1995, p. 354.