Jeffrey Smart

Jeffrey Smart
Cahill Expressway

Creation date: 1962

‘Against that looping dynamic stand insistent verticals – lamp standards, the leg of a traffic sign, walls – and a disorienting, juddering multiplicity of horizons: the top of the library hoarding; the crest of the road; the line of the guardrail; the slight angle of the sign,’ writes art historian David Hansen.

Smart’s paintings often depict solitary figures within a cityscape, which you can see in this 1962 work Cahill Expressway. The eerie, dreamlike quality of the painting suggests a story without giving away the beginning or end.

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