Lot 7: GUSTAVE DE SMET, (BELGIAN, 1877-1943), "PETIT PAYSAGE"
December 6, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
GUSTAVE DE SMET
Signed bottom left, oil on panel.
10 3/8 x 14 in. (26.4 x 35.6cm)
Walter Schwarzenberg, Brussels, Belgium.
Galerie George Giroux, Brussels, Belgium.
Collection of Albert Croquez, Paris, France.
By family descent.
Private Collection, Pennsylvania.
No evidence of restoration or in-painting when viewed under blacklight. With some minor cracking mainly in the green, and two irregular shaped losses in the green at lower right each measuring between 1/4 to 1/2 inches each. These are located approx. four inches from the right canvas edge. An approx. 1/4-in. circular area of loss in the green to the right of the brown horizontal brushstroke at center. This loss appears slightly cream/orange color. There is a smaller area of loss at the lower right corner in the green showing cream/orange color as well. Another loss approx. 1/4 inch irregular vertical line in the green at center left just above the dark green horizontal element. This area appears white in the catalogue illustration. There are other areas of the composition where unpainted/white areas of canvas show including along the tree and house roofline as well as bottom left, but these appear to be intentional by the hand of the artist. General surface soiling in places throughout. Otherwise in good, original condition.
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