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Gustave De Smet
Gent 1877 - Sint-Martens-Latem 1943
Gust’ de Smet came to the artists’ colony at Latem in 1908. From that time on, he began to distance himself
from Luminism, though this was not immediately evident in his work.
During the First World War, De Smet fled to Amsterdam, together with Frits Van Den Berghe.
Not only the new living conditions but also the encounter with Fauvism, Cubism and Expressionism
in the museums there would serve as an important new stimulus for the young artist.
He had a chance to see and draw inspiration from the works of Le Fauconnier, Campendonck,
Marc, Macke, Kirchner, Heckel and Schmidt-Rottluff, among others.
It was at the end of this period that he painted ‘Farm with Horses’.
Subsequently, De Smet developed a style that was a sort of synthesis drawing on Cubism,
but without moving away from recognisable reality. He worked continually with warm earth tones.
After meeting success at the magazine Sélection and Le Centaure gallery, the artist turned his attention increasingly to city life,
although after his return from the Netherlands he would never again leave the region of the Leie River.
Finally, De Smet ended his artistic career with a series of more classical, highly sensual portraits of women,
to which ‘Woman with the Striped Dress’ also belongs.