Frans Smeers (1873-1960)
- an ink drawing/washed ink by Frans Smeers
- 42 x 34,5 cm.
- framed behind glass 67,5 x 57,5 cm.
- signed lower right
- dated lower right (19)17
- titled lower right “La bohémienne”
- in good condition
- “Frans Smeers was a Belgian Post-Impressionist painter and draughtsman of genre scenes, portraits, landscapes and seascapes
- He received his artistic education at the Academy of Brussels from 1884 until 1895 under the tutorship of both Jean Portaels and Jan Stallaert.
- He debuted with his work in 1895 at “Le Sillon”, being a co-founder of this artistic group, and met up frequently with his contemporaries Alfred Bastien, Albert Pinot and Maurice Wagemans.
- He painted until 1900 in a Realist manner with thick brushstrokes.
- From 1900 his work evolved towards a rather luminist Realism with Impressionist brushstrokes and bright tonality.
- He frequently worked in the open-air and became renowned for his sunny beach scenes.
- Smeers became a teacher at the Academy of Brussels from 1933 until 1946.
- He was also a member of the Belgian Royal Academy.”