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Léon de Smet

Mère et enfant sur un banc

Property from a Private Collection from the Netherlands | Provenant d'une Collection Particulière des Pays-Bas

Léon de Smet

Léon de Smet

Mère et enfant sur un banc

Mère et enfant sur un banc

Property from a Private Collection from the Netherlands

Léon de Smet

1881 - 1966

Mère et enfant sur un banc


signed Leon De Smet and dated 06 (lower right)

oil on canvas

138,5 x 92,7 cm; 54 1/2 x 36 1/2 in.

Painted in 1906.


The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Robin de Smet.

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Provenant d'une Collection Particulière des Pays-Bas

Léon de Smet

1881 - 1966

Mère et enfant sur un banc


signé Leon De Smet et daté 06 (en bas à droite)

huile sur toile

138,5 x 92,7 cm; 54 1/2 x 36 1/2 in.

Peint en 1906.


L'authenticité de cette œuvre a été confirmée par Robin de Smet.

Canvas is not lined. Impasto is well preserved. There are some areas of very thin craquelure in the impasto. Examination under UV light reveals some minor spots of retouching at the upper left quadrant in the foliage (with a strengthened canvas weave to the reverse), additional touches on the left and right side of the bench and a few additional touches in the dress of the child. This work is in overall good condition.


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Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist)

Private Collection, Belgium (gift from the above and sold: Sotheby's, London, February 6, 2006, lot 346)

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

In this lovely summer scene, Mère et enfant sur un banc, Léon de Smet depicts his wife Maria and one of their two sons Marcel, possibly in the garden of their family house at Sint-Martens-Latem. Marcel, born in January 1904, would have been two and a half years old when this work was painted.


Belgian responses to Impressionism were concentrated in the artist colony that had been established in this village, where painters had settled from 1880s onwards. Léon de Smet arrived there from his native Ghent in 1906, along with his brother, Gustave, and rapidly became a leading figure among Second Generation Latem artists. He became a member of the Vie et Lumière group and painted consistently in a Luministe manner throughout his seven years there.


Mère et enfant sur un banc truly encapsulates the diverse influence brought together by the Luministes and in particular, the influence of French Impressionists. The highly-keyed palette and delicate handling clearly reference the masters of French Impressionism. One can see the strong emphasis on light and the reflections in the scene, which create a very intimate mood and charming effect.


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Dans cette charmante scène d'été, Mère et enfant sur un banc, Léon de Smet représente sa femme, Maria, et l'un de leurs deux fils, Marcel, probablement dans le jardin de leur maison familiale à Laethem-Saint-Martin. Marcel, né en janvier 1904, aurait eu deux ans et demi lorsque cette œuvre a été peinte.


Les réactions belges à l'impressionnisme se sont concentrées dans la colonie d'artistes basée dans ce village, où des peintres s'étaient installés à partir des années 1880. Léon de Smet y est arrivé de sa ville natale de Gand en 1906 avec son frère Gustave, et est rapidement devenu une figure majeure des artistes de la deuxième génération de Laethem. Il devient membre du groupe Vie et Lumière et peint de manière constante dans un style luministe pendant les sept années qu'il passe là-bas.


Mère et enfant sur un banc incarne la diversité des influences réunies par les Luministes et, en particulier, l'influence des impressionnistes français. La palette très nuancée et le traitement délicat font clairement référence aux maîtres de l'impressionnisme français. On peut voir l'acent mis sur la lumière et les reflets qui créent une ambiance très intime.