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Leon de Smet (1881-1966). Beautiful Paintings!

Paintings by Leon De Smet. Rose HarmonyRose Harmony, 1912


Leon de Smet was born in Gent, Belgium, where he studied at the local Academy for the Fine Arts. From the beginning he painted in an impressionistic way.
In the beginning of the First World War he fled to Great Britain Soon he was quickly able to count influential cultural figures among his friends such as the writers Joseph Conrad, John Galsworthy, Bernard Shaw. He gradually emerged as a welcome society figure. He would make a fortune with portrait painting during his British exile.
The first London triumph followed in January of 1917 with a noteworthy individual exhibition at the Leicester Gallery.
Leon De Smet (1881-1966). Still Lifes and Landscapes

Paintings by Leon De Smet. The BathersThe Bathers, 1910

Paintings by Leon De Smet. The LetterThe Letter, 1913




It the end of 1917 De Smet was called to arms. But the superb portrait painter knew how to bend fate to his will, painting primarily portraits of his superiors. He was stationed in Normandy, as assistant to the medical services.
In the years up until 1920 his style was clearly divisionistic in which he mingled in soft strokes of pastel-like pallets. In that time his interiors with figures were intimate and dreamlike. He continued his career in his primary style of the Impressionism, nevertheless the divisionistic touch faded away and was replaced by more vivid colours, and less vague figures. Among his favorite subjects we can find landscapes, figures and still lifes. He often painted his first and second wives Maria and Claire and their families.
He settled in Deurle in 1930. He lived on Pontstraat in the garden house of Hotel Saint-Christophe. Around this time, De Smet also worked on a series of portraits of leading public figures for example The Portrait of Queen Astrid (1935).

Paintings by Leon De Smet. The Portrait of Queen Astrid (1935)The Portrait of Queen Astrid (1935)

Paintings by Leon De Smet. Girl Wearing a HatGirl Wearing a Hat

Painting by Leon De Smet. White HarmonyWhite Harmony, 1909

Painting by Leon De Smet. Woman at the WindowWoman at the Window, 1909

Painting by Leon De Smet. Little Girl at TableLittle Girl at Table

Painting by Leon De Smet. Two Children in an InteriorTwo Children in an Interior

Painting by Leon De Smet. The Red TableThe Red Table

Leon De Smet's Paintings. LouiseLouise

Leon De Smet's Paintings. Woman at the MirrorWoman at the Mirror

Leon De Smet's Paintings. Woman on the Terrace (Mrs. De Smet)Woman on the Terrace (Mrs. De Smet), 1923

Leon De Smet's Paintings. Sitting Woman in an InteriorSitting Woman in an Interior

Leon De Smet's Paintings

Leon De Smet's Paintings. Claire in a Summer Dress in front of the MirrorClaire in a Summer Dress in front of the Mirror, 1943

Leon De Smet's Painting. Lady with a FanLady with a Fan

Leon De Smet's Painting.1910

Leon De Smet's Painting. InteriorInterior

Leon De Smet's Painting. Reading GirlReading Girl

Leon De Smet's Painting. Woman with ShawlWoman with Shawl, 1921

Belgian Artist Leon De Smet. Portrait of the Artist's WifePortrait of the Artist's Wife, 1917-1919

Belgian Artist Leon De Smet. Madame Maria De Smet and her Son MarcelMadame Maria De Smet and her Son Marcel, 1915

Belgian Artist Leon De Smet. Young Woman in an InteriorYoung Woman in an Interior

Belgian Artist Leon De Smet. Portrait of a WomanPortrait of a Woman, 1943

Belgian Artist Leon De Smet. Portrait of Paule VezelayPortrait of Paule Vezelay, 1918


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