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Spring, 1918

  • linocuts (prints), Japanese silk paper
  • 172 x 193 mm
  • Inv. 2010-E-4

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In Expressionism, the woodcut is as important a means of expression as painting and sculpture. The technique forces the artist to a powerful drawing without sensitive nuances, to essential contrasts without colour shading. A number of artists, such as Jozef Cantré (1890-1957), Gustave De Smet (1877-1943) and Frits Van den Berghe (1883-1939) prefer linoleum, a material that is easier to work with. Their designs are strongly influenced by German Expressionism. Only about ten linocuts by Van den Berghe are known. The wood- and linocuts by De Smet, nineteen in all, are mostly based on his own paintings.


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Ghent 1877 - Deurle (Sint-Martens-Latem) 1943

Title Spring
Date 1918
Period 20th century
Medium and support linocuts (prints) AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom right, outside the depiction: Gustave De Smet
Collection print room
Object type linocuts (prints) AAT
Inventory number 2010-E-4
Acquisition credit purchase
Taevernier, Sabine
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/2010-E-4
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/5979/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
25H landscapes Iconclass
300236227 townscapes (representations) AAT
300263554 animal paintings AAT
Keywords Iconclass 23D42 spring, 'Ver'; 'Primavera' (Ripa) Iconclass
23E42 spring ~ human activities (the four seasons of the year) Iconclass
23F42 spring landscape; landscape symbolizing spring (the four seasons of the year) Iconclass
25F3 birds Iconclass
25G41 flowers Iconclass
25H1 landscapes in the temperate zone Iconclass
25I3 farm or solitary house in landscape Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31D120 Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden Iconclass
41A17 farm (building) Iconclass
School / Style Expressionist (style) AAT
Modernist AAT
Gust. De Smet : Kroniek - Kunsthistorische analyse ; De ontwikkeling van een Vlaams kunstenaar tussen 1891 en 1943 in relatie tot de nationale en internationale vernieuwing in de schilderkunst ; Met een beschrijvende, volledig geïllustreerde catalogus van zijn schilderijen, tekeningen en grafisch werk / Piet Boyens. - Antwerpen : Mercatorfonds, 1989 (nr. 496)
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