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De Smet Gustave

Les vaches dans une drève, 1928

oil on cardboard
H 71,5 x W 104 cm

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signed lower left: Gust. De Smet Certificate by Piet Boyens, 1989, archive number 768 The work is created about 1928, in a phase that the artist in a series of landscapes tries to give a synthesis of his rural environment. The restrict style of the 1920s is released and makes away for a free, more playful approach in warm color layers. Usually Gust De Smet depicts oil on canvas, sometimes – as in this case – oil on cardboard. In such a case he signs with pen and ink (in black). Handwriting research has shown that the tekst verso (vaches dans une drève – vers l’’etable) is of the hand of the artist himself.