[From the upper cover]: Exposition à la Galerie Montaigne, des Oeuvres de…Du 15 au 31 Janvier [?1921]. Léon de SMET.

[From the upper cover]: Exposition à la Galerie Montaigne, des Oeuvres de…Du 15 au 31 Janvier [?1921].

Two mounted black & white illus. Eight unnumbered pages. Folio (270 x 210 mm.), printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Paris: ?1921].

The extremely rare exhibition catalogue, printed in an edition of 150 copies; unrecorded in WorldCat. Smet (1881-1966), member of the Vie et Lumière group with Theo van Rysselberghe, was principally influenced by Impressionism. Among his best-known works are his portraits of authors, such as John Galsworthy, George Bernard Shaw, and Joseph Conrad. He spent a significant portion of his career in England and also painted figures in high society.

Francis Carco opens the catalogue with an introduction of Smet, in which he provides some biographical details and insists that Smet should not be called solely a portraitist. Carco fervently writes (in trans.), “Smet brings innate gifts to the painting of our time and a delectable interpretation of lines, of forms and of colors. In his work, all is fed with a secret ardor. Everything is neat like enamel, distinct, radiant, glistening, intense…” The catalogue has a checklist of 25 paintings and three drawings; two paintings are reproduced.

In fine condition.

❧ Oxford Art online–“He celebrated predominantly ‘happy moments,’ as exemplified by his Bath-time and Harmony in White (1909), Interior (1912), Deurle in the Snow (1938) and Intimacy (1941).”.

Price: $350.00

Item ID: 6729

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