'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'.
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.
Not on display
© Estate of Sir Matthew Smith
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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, cat.no. 1.
Referenced in 4 publications
Terence Maloon, Look, 'Acquisitions: Derain's Antique Inspirations', Heidelberg, Nov 1987, 12-13, 12 (colour illus.).
Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 181 (illus.).
An exhibition of paintings by Matthew Smith of the years 1938-1940, London, 1947. cat.no. 1
Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 160. cat.no. 2011