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Gustave De Smet artwork • painting • previously for sale Along the river Leie, near Sint-Martens-Latem

Smet G. De | Gustave De Smet, Along the river Leie, near Sint-Martens-Latem, oil on canvas 50.5 x 60.9 cm, signed l.l. and executed ca. 1913-1914

Gustave De Smet

Along the river Leie, near Sint-Martens-Latem
oil on canvas 50.5 x 60.9 cm, signed l.l. and executed ca. 1913-1914

This painting was previously for sale.

Provenance: kunsthandel L. van Lier, Blaricum, alwaar verworven door D. Rinsema (zoon van kunstenaar Thijs Rinsema (1877-1947)) en daarna door vererving in bezit gekomen van de vorige eigenaar.
Literature: tent.cat. Sint-Martens-Latem, België, 'Latemse kunstenaars in Nederlandse verzamelingen', 1973, cat.nr. 11; tent.cat. Warmenhuizen, Oude Ursulakerk, 'Gustave de Smet 1877-1943', 1978, cat.nr. 1; Piet Boyens, 'Gust. De Smet', Antwerpen 1989, pag. 318, cat.nr. 191 (met afb.).
Exhibited: Sint-Martens-Latem, België, 'Latemse kunstenaars in Nederlandse verzamelingen', 19 aug.-23 sept. 1973; Warmenhuizen, Oude Ursulakerk, 'Gustave de Smet 1877-1943', 1 juli-18 aug. 1978.

The Belgian painter Gustave De Smet is considered one of the founders of Flemish expressionism. Between ca. 1888 and 1895 he visited the Ghent academy. Important for his development was his move in 1908 to Sint-Martens-Latem on the Leie, where he was part of a close-knit group of painters, including Constant Permeke, Frits van den Berghe and Gustave's brother Leon, who later became known as de Latemse School. In this period, De Smet paints symbolist river landscapes, forest and garden views and flowering orchards in an impressionist style, full of lyrical mood. Only after 1914, when he lived in the Netherlands for four years, he became friends with Leo Gestel and was influenced by the Bergen School.


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