Gust de Smet (1877-1943) was a leading figure of Flemish Expressionism, who established his studio-home in Sint-Martens Latem, in Belgium, an area already celebrated as an artists' colony.
His house formally opened as a museum in 1950, but has recently re-opened to the public following an extensive restoration to its historic spaces: the fully furnished living room, former studio and the bedroom on the first floor. Individual visitors can visit the museum for free on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, from 1 October to 31 March 2018 between 2 and 5 pm and from 1 April to 30 September 2018 between 2 and 6 pm.
The nearby Municipal Museum Gevaert-Minne also displays further examples of De Smet's painting, as well as work by his colleagues and fellow inhabitants of Sint-Martens Latem, including Xavier De Cock, George Minne, Gustave van de Woestyne, Valerius de Saedeleer and Frits Van den Berghe. Both museums are located along the Gust De Smet walking route, which provides an opportunity for visitors to see the area through the prism of the artist's life and work.