Together with his wife, Anna Smit-Loor, the lawyer Mark Smit (44 years old) set up his own art dealership in 2002. Mark Smit is a registered appraiser 19th century paintings.
Mark Smit Kunsthandel located in the former town hall of Ommen, specialises in 19th and 20th century paintings.
The collection of paintings from 1820-1970 is one of the largest and most varied in Holland. The 19th century is represented by almost all the great names of the Romantic School, the Hague School and the Amsterdam Impressionists. For the 20th century paintings, the emphasis is on the ‘classical moderns’: the Luminists, the artists from the Bergen School and the Groninger Ploeg (The Plough) are well represented.
Besides the established artists, the collection also contains many high-quality pieces by ‘smaller masters’ and post-war abstracts. Mark Smit Kunsthandel organises three in-house exhibitions a year. In the autumn and spring, the emphasis lies on paintings up to 30,000 Euros. During the most important yearly sale of paintings in February, many works of a quality worthy of a place in a museum are exhibited. For this, a special catalogue is issued, with 120 colour images and art-historical information.
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).