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Classification: Pastel »
Theme: figurative »
Medium: Pastel »
Support: on cardboard »
Year(s): 1914 »
PS 103
Enfant sur une chaise (Child on a Chair)
Alternate titles: Enfant sur une chaise; L'enfant malade (The Ill Child)
Pastel on cardboard
38 5/8 x 28 5/8 in. (98 x 72.5 cm) (sight size)
Signed and dated: Philippe/ 1914
Inv. Leteneur, n.d. [1977], n.p., s.n., private archives: no. [78], p. [8], chambre - salon: Smit Philippe - 'L'innocent'/ Pastel signé en bas à droite 1914, 98 x 71 [cm].
Larensche Kunsthandel, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tentoonstelling Philippe Smit, April 01–30, 1916, no. 51*, as Enfant sur une chaise, pastel, *not for sale.
Literature & Primary Sources
Zelling, Anton. "Philippe Smit." De Hofstad, 15-04-1916, p. 2 ("… Elders zit het kind alleen op een stoel …").
Named after his father, the son of Berendina and Nicolaas Urban was born in Bussum in 1907. The boy suffered from a genetic disorder affecting his cognitive and physical abilities called Pettigrew syndrome and died in 1928 in an institution in Heemstede, where he had lived since 1919. Nicknamed Broertje, he was the subject of several paintings. Without doubt Philippe Smit was inspired by him also for The Innocent [PS 207].

Additional images
Broertje and his sister Marijke (see PS 84) with their nanny (photograph, c. 1912-13, private archives, Paris).
Photo: FdDPS
Record last updated December 5, 2018. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Narzt, Andreas and Castellani, Florence. "Enfant sur une chaise (Child on a Chair), 1914 (PS 103)." The Complete Works of Philippe Smit. (accessed on September 26, 2021).