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Bernard Smith, 1985

Albert Tucker

oil on canvas laid on cardboard (frame: 81.5 cm x 96.7 cm, support: 60.5 cm x 76.0 cm)

Bernard Smith (1916-2011) is responsible for the modern discipline of the study of Australian art. An influential teacher and cultural commentator, Smith established his name in 1945 with the publication of Place, Taste and Tradition, one of the first books to examine the history and evolution of Australian art. Other publications include the widely acclaimed European Vision and the South Pacific (1960) and Modernism's History: A Study in Twentieth Century Art and Ideas (1998). Smith joined the Department of Fine Art at Melbourne University in 1955. He was Power Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of the Power Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Sydney from 1967 until he retired in 1977. This portrait of Smith is from Faces I Have Met, Albert Tucker's visual record of the creative people who were part of a radical cultural circle in 1940s Melbourne.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998
© Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation. Courtesy of Smith & Singer Fine Art.

Accession number: 1998.8

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Albert Tucker (age 71 in 1985)

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The possessed, 1942 by Albert Tucker
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The inner voice

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2011

Dr Christopher Chapman, curator of Inner Worlds: Portraits & Psychology looks at Albert Tucker's Heidelberg military hospital portraits.

Curatorial discussion of the Inner Worlds exhibition  video: 11 minutes
Curatorial discussion of the Inner Worlds exhibition  video: 11 minutes
Curatorial discussion of the Inner Worlds exhibition  video: 11 minutes
Curatorial discussion of the Inner Worlds exhibition  video: 11 minutes

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.