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Self portrait

2001
Jeffrey Smart

charcoal and pastel on paper (frame: 73.0 cm x 55.0 cm, sheet: 50.0 cm x 35.0 cm, sight: 48.0 cm x 32.0 cm)

Jeffrey Smart (1921-2013), artist, was born in Adelaide. After studying in Paris, first at the Académie Montmarte under Fernand Léger and later at La Grande Chaumière, he developed a hyper-real style with suggestions of surrealism. Over many decades, his paintings explored images of people dwarfed by the strong, simple shapes of man-made structures in urban environments. He painted several self-portraits; this drawing relates to a small one included in Philip Bacon’s highly successful 2001 exhibition of the artist’s paintings. From 1963, Smart lived in Arezzo, Tuscany. In 1996, he published Not Quite Straight - A Memoir, a vivid series of snapshots of his transformation from Adelaide art teacher to successful artist and Tuscan signore. Remaining lucid, he kept painting almost until the end of his life.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Margaret Olley Art Trust 2002
© Estate of Jeffrey Smart

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Artist and subject

Jeffrey Smart (age 80 in 2001)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Margaret Olley AC (2 portraits)

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