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An image of Jugs against vermillion background by Sir Matthew Smith

Sir Matthew Smith

(England 22 Oct 1879 – 29 Sep 1959)

Jugs against vermillion background
Other titles:
Still life with jugs and clay figure
Jugs against vermillion
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas

64.5 x 80.5 cm sight; 91.0 x 106.5 x 6.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.l., red paint "M.S.". Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by Margaret Olley and the Sam Hughes Memorial Fund 1992
Accession number
© Sir Matthew Smith Estate
Not on display
Further information

'Jugs against vermillion background' and 'Still life arrangement I' [AGNSW collection] were both painted in Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France, where Matthew Smith lived between the years 1936-40. When looking at Smith's still lifes of this period many of the objects he used, such as the round table, the jugs, and the clay figure appear repeatedly. In Smith's 1947 Tooth's exhibition 'Paintings by Matthew Smith of the years 1938-40', eighteen of the twenty three works exhibited were still lifes; six with the same title 'Still life with clay figure'.

Provenance (2)

Browse & Darby, London/England

Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased by the AGNSW from Robin Gibson Gallery 1992. Purchased from the exhibition 'British and French paintings and drawings 1884-1992 from Browse & Darby' 7 March - 1 April 1992

Bibliography (3)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 160. 2010

Robin Gibson Gallery, British and French paintings 1884-1992, Sydney, 1992. cat. no. 8

Exhibition history (2)

British and French paintings and drawings 1884-1992 from Browse & Darby, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst, 07 Mar 1992–01 Apr 1992

Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994