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Title

La chemise jaune

1924-1925

Artist

Sir Matthew Smith

England

22 Oct 1879 - 29 Sep 1959

  • Details

    Date
    1924-1925
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    91.8 x 59.7 cm stretcher; 118.5 x 86.5 x 9.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., black paint "MS". Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1953
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    8737
    Copyright
    © Estate of Sir Matthew Smith

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    Sir Matthew Smith

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    While many British painters in the early decades of the twentieth century were drawn to the subtlety of Cézanne's technique, Matthew Smith embraced the more dramatic devices of Gauguin and Matisse. Smith spent time in the latter's Paris studio in 1910, albeit without sighting the master, and developed a personal manner based on fauvist principles of pure colour, bold simplification of form and a marked sensuousness of application. 'La chemise jaune', named for the molten yellow slip modelled by the opulent Vera Cunningham, shows Smith's gift for the disposition of fiery hues across a broadly painted composition. Fauve painting is not the exclusive predecessor of the work. Smith was well aware of Delacroix's chromatic experiments almost a century earlier. Indeed, Vera is presented for inspection in the time-honoured guise of an odalisque, in this case in vulnerable repose. The artist produced many images of her, frequently nude. Her Rubenesque roundness recalls the many representations of fruit in the artist's 'oeuvre'.

    AGNSW Handbook, 1999.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 8 publications

  • Provenance

    Mayor Gallery, 1926, London/England

    Eardley Knollys, circa 1942, England

    Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, 1951, London/England

    Hanover Gallery, London, 1953, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from the Hanover Gallery 1953

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