Jeffrey Smart

Jeffrey Smart

Creation date: 2011

Labyrinth is the last painting Smart made. It brings together many of the philosophical, literary and aesthetic threads that run through his work.

The central figure is a portrait of HG Wells. In his 1895 book The time machine, HG Wells wrote:

‘To sit among all those unknown things before a puzzle like that is hopeless. That way lies monomania. Face this world. Learn its ways, watch it, be careful of too hasty guesses at its meaning. In the end you will find clues to it all.’

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