the Philippe Smit Catalogue Raisonné Project
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Philippe Smit (1887–1948) was born at Zwole in the Netherlands. His father was Dutch and his mother French. His culture was essentially French, and though his life was marked by frequent visits to Holland and the United States and also Spain, he never really felt happy except when close to Fontainebleau and its forest.
Smit’s paintings remain independent of the movements which agitated the first half of the 20th century. If symbolism inspired his first works, he allowed the free expression of his desire to unite real life with dreams. The landscapes and the bouquets he painted reflect his love of nature, which truly fascinated him. His works are inspired by the writings of Swedenborg, by poets (Baudelaire, Rollinat), and by musicians (Chopin, Debussy).
Scheduled to be published in 2016, the Philippe Smit catalogue raisonné is a project of the Philippe Smit Endowment Fund (Fonds de dotation Philippe Smit), Paris. Information about the painter’s life and work, as well as information on the catalogue project is available at www.philippesmit.com.
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