4 December 2001
Gustave De Smet (Belgian, 1877-1943)
La récolte des pommes de terre - Potato harvest
signed 'Gust. De Smet' (lower left)
oil on paper laid down on board
45.7 x 63.5 cm.
Executed circa 1930.
Emanuel and Maja Hoffmann, probably acquired from the artist circa 1930 during which time they were living in Brussels and became acquainted with the painter. A group of works by Gustave De Smet dating from the 1930s and 40s is currently in the Emanuel Hoffmann Stiftung, Basel.
A gift to the previous owner from Maja Hoffmann in the 1930's.
Anon.sale London, Sotheby's 28 June 1989, lot 131.
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For the larger, more finished version see: P. Boyens, Gust. De Smet, Antwerp 1989, p. 397, no. 826 (private collection). For preparatory drawings, see: P. Boyens, Gust. De Smet, p. 333, no. 318-320.
In 1930 Gustave De Smet moved to the countryside of Deurle. The life of the farmers became his main inspiration. As Boyens states: "Although Gustave De Smet had great respect for these farmers, there was no political or social commitment". Such can be found by Van Gogh or Eugène Laermans. His main interest was above all the pictural order on the canvas.
Piet Boyens, Gust. De Smet, Antwerp 1989, p. 224
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