Together with wife Anna Smit-Loor, Mark Smit, lawyer and registered appraiser 19th century paintings, set up their own art dealership in 2002.
Mark Smit Fine Art is situated at the banks of the Overijsselse Vecht-river, in the former town hall of Ommen. They specialize in 19th and 20eth century paintings. The collection of paintings from the period of 1820-1970 is one of the largest and most varied in the Netherlands. The 19th century is well-represented, comprising almost every great name in the Romantic School, the Hague School and the Amsterdam Impressionists. For the 20eth century paintings, emphasis lies on the ‘classical moderns’: the Luminists, the artists from the Bergen School and the Groninger Ploeg (The Plough) are well represented.
Apart from the established artists, the collection also contains many high-quality pieces by ‘lesser known masters’ and post-war abstracts. Mark Smit Fine Art organises two in-house exhibitions a year. In autumn, the exhibition focuses on paintings up to 30,000 Euros. During the most important yearly sale in February, many works of a museum-quality are on display. For this, a special catalogue is issued, with 120 colour images and art-historical information.
Mark Smit Fine Art is one of the exhibitors at PAN Amsterdam, one of the leading European art fairs.
Mark Smit Kunsthandel is housed in the former Town Hall of Ommen. The historic building from 1828 is beautifully situated at river The Vecht. The total exhibition space amounts to more than 300 square metres. The decor of the former mayor’s chamber, wedding hall and council hall harmonizes with the different painting styles.
The Hall of modern art is decorated with design furniture. You can admire more than 150 paintings in a personal and informal atmosphere. There are ample parking facilities on site and in the vicinity of the gallery (free of charge).