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Jeffrey Smart (1921 – 2013)
Figures on a Beach, 1955
Oil on canvas
33 x 42 cm
Signed lower left

Exhibited:  Macquarie Galleries, Sydney August – September 1955 Cat No 13 – 16gns

Reference: Jeffrey Smart – P Quartermain 1983 – page 105, no 288

This remarkable work by Jeffrey Smart, one of Australia’s most celebrated twentieth century artists, was originally exhibited at the Macquarie Galleries in a show his friend and fellow artist Justin O’Brien initiated in 1955. During Jeffrey Smart’s Sydney period, from 1951 – 1962, a number of his most famous and successful works were created, including ‘On the Roof, Taylor Square’ (1962, National Gallery of Australia collection) and ‘The Cahill Expressway’ (1962, National Gallery of Victoria collection). In addition to its beautifully considered and rendered composition, ‘Figures on the beach’ (1955) demonstrates Smart’s remarkable ability to create a subtle, exquisite and intriguing mood.

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