Gustave de Smet

Gustave de Smet
21.01.1877 (Ghent, Belgium) - 08.10.1943 (Deurne, Belgium)

Nationality: Belgian



biography

Gustave de Smet (1877-1943) was a well-known Belgian painter and is considered one of the three important Flemish expressionists (along with Constant Permeke and Frits van den Berghe). De Smet’s younger brother Leon de Smet was also a painter; together they attended the art academy in their hometown Ghent.
While Leon worked in an impressionistic manner, Gustave’s early work is luministic and later his style becomes expressionistic with a cubist influence. He mainly depicted images from the cheerful Flemish lifestyle such as circus, fair scenes and musicians with a bright colour scheme. On October 8th, 1943, De Smet passed away in Deurle, at the age of 66. His former house is today a museum.


literature

L. van Puyvelde, 'Een Expressionistisch Schilder: Gustave de Smet', Onze Kunst 17 (1918) 11, p. 128-139;
F-C. Legrand, Het Symbolisme in België, Brussel 1971, p. 201, 231;
P. Boyens, Gust. de Smet. Kroniek-Kunsthistorische analyse, Antwerpen 1989;
N. D'Huart and B. Fornari, Musée Communal d'Ixelles, Brussel 1994, p. 68;
E. Reitsma, Het huis van de kunstenaar. Herinneringen aan een leven, Amsterdam 2001, p. 76-83;
C. Denninger-Schreuder, Schilders van Laren, Bussum 2003, p. 62.


Exhibitions

Gustave de Smet: Exhibition Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, April-May 1936


collections

Antwerpen, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten;
Brussels, Museum van Elsene;
Brussels, Kon. Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België;
Brussels, Museum David en Alice van Buuren;
The Hague, Gemeentemuseum;
Deurle, Gust. De Smetmuseum;
Deurle, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens;
Deinze, Museum van Deinze en de Leiestreek;
Eindhoven, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum;
Ghent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten;
Oostend, Mu.ZEE (voorheen PMMK en Museum voor Schone Kunsten);
Venlo, Museum Van Bommel - Van Dam Verz. Belgische Staat;
Zwolle, Museum De Fundatie

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