Gustave de Smet (1877-1943)
Young Woman in the Mirror, 1929
A student at the Ghent Academy, Gustave De Smet settled in Sint-Martens-Latem in the early 20th century. He was a member of the Second School. Initially an expressionist, he then turned to classicism.
The work depicts a woman from behind seen in the mirror. The body and face are surrounded by black charcoal. The tendency is towards simplification and an increasingly structured style. The decoration is reduced to the essentials, and no trivial details are visible.