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Gustave de Smet

(1877—1943)


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(b Ghent, 21 Jan. 1877; d Deurle, nr. Ghent, 8 Oct. 1943).

One of the leading Belgian Expressionist painters. His early work was Impressionist in style, but he was influenced towards Expressionism by Jan Sluyters and Henri Le Fauconnier, whom he met in Holland when he took refuge there during the First World War. Typically de Smet painted scenes of rural and village life in which forms are treated in a schematic way owing something to Cubism; there is often an air of unreality reminiscent of that in Chagall's work (Village Fair, c.1930, Mus. voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent). His brother Léonde Smet (1881–1966) was also a painter.

Subjects: Art.


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