Robert Smit, ‘necklace Bello so sad (for Erik Andriesse)’, 1993, Caroline Van Hoek

Smit used to be part of the zero movement in the Netherlands. He shared a studio with amongst others Marlene Dumas and Erik Andriesse. He made this work after finding out about his death.
One of the most important works by Smit. This contains all of his characteristics : the lead which is used as the then movement in the Netherlands against expensive materials, at the same time Smit was careful enough to completely cover the lead at the backside with gold so as the lead not to touch the skin ! The black painted gold parts in the front again not to display too much richness of the gold, the painted flowers and last but not least one of the most rare and extraordinary chain links we have ever seen with niello ! A masterpiece !

About Robert Smit

One of the leading goldsmiths of his day, Dutch artist Robert Smit took an approach that blurred the boundaries of the discipline of traditional jewelry making with architecture, painting, and sculpture. Defined by vivid color, orthogonal lines, and vibrant gold, Smit created graphic designs, translating the two-dimensional into three-dimensions in works that oftentimes echoed the playful and poetic paintings of modernist artists of the day.

Dutch, 1927-2010