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An image of Still life arrangement I by Sir Matthew Smith

Sir Matthew Smith

(England 22 Oct 1879 – 29 Sep 1959)

Still life arrangement I
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas

60.2 x 73.2 cm stretcher; 88.0 x 100.7 x 9.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1947
Accession number
© Estate of Sir Matthew Smith
Not on display
Further information

'Still life arrangement I' and 'Jugs against vermillion background' [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 (1)

Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, 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, 1.

Bibliography (4)

Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, An exhibition of paintings by Matthew Smith of the years 1938-1940, London, 1947. 1

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 181 (illus.).

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 160. 2011

Terence Maloon, Look, 'Acquisitions: Derain's Antique Inspirations', Heidelberg, Nov 1987, 12-13, 12 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

Paintings by Matthew Smith of the years 1938-1940, Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, London, 22 Oct 1947–15 Nov 1947

Matthew Smith - Roderic O'Conor, David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 07 Jul 1965–28 Jul 1965