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The wasteland II



Jeffrey Smart

Italy, Australia

26 Jul 1921 - 20 Jun 2013


Place where the work was made

Flinders Ranges South Australia Australia



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


60.9 x 73.4 cm stretcher; 75.8 x 86.5 x 6.3 cm frame :

0 - Whole, 59.5 x 70.3 cm, SIGHT DIMENSION

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown oil "JEFF SMART 45".


Purchased 1946


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Jeffrey Smart

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 13 publications


Alisa Bunbury, Arid Arcadia: Art of the Flinders Ranges, 'The lure of the land: an artist's destination', pg. 110-139, Adelaide, 2002, 115 (colour illus.), 116, 118, 194 (illus.).

Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Barry Pearce and Ursula Prunster, Jeffrey Smart - A review exhibition, Sydney, 1982, 1, 2, 5. 7

Edmund Capon AM, OBE, I blame Duchamp: my life's adventures in art, 'Jefrrey Smart: a man of great composure', pg. 179-190, Sydney, 2009, 182.

Robert Lindsay., Aspects of Australian Art: Art Gallery of New South Wales travelling art exhibition 1976, 'Jeffrey Smart', Sydney, 1976, (illus.). 62; not paginated

Steve Meacham, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Pure poetry of art's dreamers', pg. 14, Sydney, 14 Sep 2007, 14 (colour illus.).

Hal Missingham, Contemporary Australian painting from the National Collection, Sydney, circa 1946, 13. 27; titled 'The wastelands'

Barry Pearce, Look, 'Focus on Wastelands: How the idea was born', pg. 16, Sydney, Sep 2005, 16, 17, 19 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Jeffrey Smart, 'Art and life in South Australia', pg. 24-69, Sydney, 2005, 47-48, 51.

Barry Pearce, Jeffrey Smart retrospective, 'Out of Adelaide', pg. 22-33, Sydney, 1999, 27, 28.

Barry Pearce, Master of stillness: Jeffrey Smart paintings 1940–2011, Kent Town, 2012, 38 (colour illus.), 128. 11

Peter Quartermaine, Jeffrey Smart, South Yarra, 1983, 55 (colour illus.), 101. 94

Jeffrey Smart, Not quite straight: a memoir, Port Melbourne, 1996, 69-70, 106-107, 312.

Jeffrey Smart, Edmund Capon AM, OBE and Australian Galleries Pty Ltd, Jeffrey Smart: drawings and studies 1942-2001, Sydney, 2001, 27.