60.2 x 73.2cm stretcher; 88.0 x 100.7 x 9.0cm frame
'Still life arrangement I' and 'Jugs against vermillion background' were both painted in Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France, where Matthew Smith lived between the years 1936-1940. 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 1938-1940', eighteen of the twenty three works exhibited were still lifes; six with the same title 'Still life with clay figure'.
Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd (England), London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Arthur Tooth & Sons 1947. Purchased from the exhibition 'Paintings by Matthew Smith of the years 1938-1940' 22 October - 15 November 1947, cat.no. 1.
Renée Free (Australia) (Author), Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 181 (illus.).
Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd (England) (Author), An exhibition of paintings by Matthew Smith of the years 1938-1940, 1947. cat.no. 1
'Acquisitions: Derain's Antique Inspirations' by Terence Maloon, Look Nov 1987, Nov 1987, 12-13, 12 (colour illus.).
Peter Tomory (United Kingdom) (Author), Anne Kirker (New Zealand; Australia, b.1947) (Author), British painting 1800-1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 160. cat.no. 2011
Paintings by Matthew Smith of the years 1938-1940, Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, 22 Oct 1947–15 Nov 1947.
Matthew Smith - Roderic O'Conor, David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, 07 Jul 1965–28 Jul 1965.