Jeffrey Smart

Jeffrey Smart

Creation date: 1971

Smart was quoted in ‘Jeffrey Smart’ by Sandra McGrath (Art & Australia, Vol 7, No 1, June 1969, page 34) as follows:

‘The subject matter is only the hinge that opens the door, the hook on which one hangs the coat. My only concern is putting the right shapes in the right colours in the right places. My main concern always is the geometry, the structure of the painting.’

While Smart’s paintings often include figurative imagery, this quote emphasises the artist’s focus on composition. You can see this tension in Holiday through his use of repetitious forms disrupted by the lone figure on the balcony.

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