A beautiful and mysterious piece by the Belgian painter Philippe Schott, characteristic of that moment before WWI when post-impressionism was about to transform into Fauvism and Cubism, yet displaying a unique style. It is particularly remarkable for its evocation of light – the cloud in the sky struck by the late afternoon sun, the brooding shadows at the entrance to the stand of trees and the contrasting fields in the foreground, one bright and the other dark.
Philippe Schott, born in Ixelles in 1885 and died in Brussels in 1964 was a painter, a noted baritone, and a collector. He studied under Alfred Stevens, attending the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and in Anderlecht. He was an etcher and worked in watercolors and oils. He is best known for his still lifes painted after his impressionist and cubist periods.In Brussels he acquired the ancient inn known as Sint-Jan (“à Saint-Jean-Baptiste”) on the rue du Chêne, at the corner of the rue de Villers built in1696 that he transformed into a private museum which he subsequently willed to the City of Brussels. It was known as the Musée Schott and is now the property of the King Baudouin Foundation whose mission is to safeguard Belgiums’s cultural heritage. He is listed in Paul Piron, Dictionnaire des artistes plasticiens de Belgique des XIXe et XXe siècles, Ohain-Lasne, 2003, and the subject of a monograph, C. Dangotte, Histoire d’un mécène bruxellois : Philippe Schott, 1885-1964, Bruxelles, 1970, 29 pages.
Canvas, 21.5″ x 14″. Frame 27″ x 19.5″