The Complete Works of Philippe Smit
by Andreas Narzt and Florence Castellani
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Classification: Watercolour »
Theme: town/industrial »
Support: on paper »
Year(s): 1906 »
PS 14
Church in Auvers-sur-Oise
Charcoal, watercolour and pastel on paper
9 5/16 x 8 11/16 in. (23.5 x 22 cm) (sight size)
Signed, dated and titled on the back of the protective backing board: Eglise d'Auvers sur Oise/ 1906/ Philippe Smit (title and date strenghtened by another hand)
Private collection, France
Inv. Nicolaas Urban, Tableaux Philippe, n.d. [ante 1955], private archives: no. 19, Petite aquarel [sic] de l'église à Auvers s. O.
Jeanne Urban-Boudeau (by descent)
Roland Boudeau (by descent)
No known exhibitions.
Literature & Primary Sources
No known published references.
This rise toward to the church, a work from his beginnings, is the only completed view known to us of Auvers-sur-Oise. Philippe Smit returns there regularly from 1911 up until the Great War. In his letters and cards, he speaks of work projects of which we have received some sketches: a coloured study of the same view (fig. 1), which should be dated around this period, and three other sketches of a street in Auvers, one appearing in a letter, another larger one (fig. 2) in one of his drawing folders and a third one, a fragment of a letter, known from a copy. See also Chronology 1912.

Additional images
Phlippe Smit, APCS to his father, n.d. [January 1913] (private archives, Paris).
FIG. 1
Sketch, c. 8,5 x 5cm; 3 5/16 x 2 in., known from a copy (private collection, Netherlands).
Sketch, brush and black ink on paper, c. 15,5 x 16cm; 6 1/8 x 6 5/16 in. (private archives, Paris).
Record last updated May 20, 2017. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Narzt, Andreas and Castellani, Florence. "Church in Auvers-sur-Oise, 1906 (PS 14)." The Complete Works of Philippe Smit. (accessed on September 26, 2021).