The younger of two artist brothers born in Ghent, Belgium, Leon (1881-1966) and Gustave (1877-1943) de Smet both studied at the Academia in Belgium under Delvin.
When the First World War started, Gustave went to Amsterdam and Leon to London. Gustave's work moved from Impressionism to Expressionism after the War, whilst Leon remained something of an Impressionist. Though nothing is specifically known as yet about where Leon associated himself in Cornwall, his interests are logged in the titles of his paintings, one of which is Coast of Cornwall (1920).
works and access
Works include: Wife and Son (1915); Still Life (1919); Coast of Cornwall (1920)
He exhibited primarily at the Leicester Galleries, London, but also elsewhere.
misc further info
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p322)
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
Image Library for Artists Discussed in The New Age at http://modjourn.org/bio_browse.php