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Autumn in Bruges

by Van Der Smissen Leo

Dendermonde 1900 – 1966 Bruges

Belgian Painter

Signature: Signed bottom left
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Image size 50 x 70 cm

Van der Smissen Leo was born in Dendermonde in 1900, he lived in Bruges. His brother Frans was a sculptor. He did his academic studies in Bruges (1913 – 1919), Ghent (1920 – 1921) and Dendermoonde (1923 – 1924). He studied with several famed master teachers and artists as Flori van Acker, Coddron and Willaert.

Initially strongly influenced by the style of Courtens and the Dendermonde School, he evolved towards to Luminism.

In 1932 he won the second prize for the art of painting in the West-Flanders.

In his extensive work: landscapes, town views, compositions, still lifes, church interiors, etc. Leo van der Smissen acts as a colourist, who practices sobriety. His preference, woodland scenes, a genre in which he has climbed to a solid refinement, particularly specific are the depiction of the tree trunks.

His works, brushed concisely and boldly, betray a strong hand that bends the colour ranges to his will and he can adapt to all kinds of subjects.

He lived in poor conditions and left behind an extensive oeuvre of powerful painted canvases.

Leo van der Smissen died in Bruges 1966.


G.Michils, De Brugse School, Bruges, 1990, p.106

M.Van Coppenolle, Figuren uit het Brugsche, 1936, p.169

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