Le lac aux cygnes signed 'Gustave De Smet' (lower right) oil on canvas 65 x 108cm (25 9/16 x 42 1/2in). Painted circa 1907
PROVENANCE Guillaume Campo, Antwerp. Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1973.
The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Piet Boyens.
This work builds on the tradition developed by Gustave de Smet, his father Jules and brother Leon, in the 1890s when they came to prominence as major painters in Ghent. In accordance with this earlier style, Gustave de Smet here utilises the classical motifs of peacocks and swans transposed onto a landscape on the River Lys, delineated with stippled brushwork and a heavily impastoed application of paint. Le lac aux cygnes is one of de Smet's first landscapes in the Impressionist tradition.