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Child's Head, ca. 1916

  • oil paint, canvas, cardboard
  • 40 x 33 cm
  • Inv. 1949-D

Public Domain

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This 'Child's Head' is an early example of Gustave De Smet’s evolution towards Expressionism. The impressionistic atmosphere of his prewar work was replaced by a strong and schematic composition and the use of more vivid colours. During his stay in the Netherlands, De Smet regularly portrayed the people around him, such as farmers, fishermen and neighbourhood children. A second portrait of this little boy, painted around 1919, is currently owned by a private collector.


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Ghent 1877 - Deurle (Sint-Martens-Latem) 1943
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Title Child's Head
Date ca. 1916
Period 20th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) top right: Gust. De Smet
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1949-D
Acquisition credit purchase
De Smet, Robert
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31D112 child Iconclass
31D11221 boy (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass
31D120 Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
61B11 anonymous historical person portrayed Iconclass
61B111 anonymous historical person portrayed alone Iconclass
61B2 historical persons Iconclass
School / Style Expressionist (style) AAT
Modernist AAT
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. II, p. 301 (ill.))
Belgische schone : Ensor tot Magritte ; Hoogtepunten uit de verzameling van het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent (tentoonstelling Laren, Singer Laren, 16.06 - 30.08.2015) / Johan De Smet, Jan Rudolph De Lorm. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2015 ; Laren : Singer Laren, 2015 ; Heule : Uitgeverij Snoeck, 2015 (p. 68, cat. 46 (ill.))
Vlaams expressionisme : Heerlijke herinneringen (tentoonstelling Den Haag, Kunstmuseum, 25.03 - 20.08.2023) / Peter J.H. Pauwels, Thijs de Raedt, Benno Tempel. - Veurne : Hannibal, 2023 ; Den Haag : Kunstmuseum Den Haag, 2023 (p. 44)
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