26 September 2013
Frank Jeffrey Edson Smart (1921-2013)
signed 'JEFFREY SMART 64' (lower right) and inscribed 'THE OWNER', 'OUTSIDE ATHENS' and 'SYLVIA! PLEASE.' on the reverse
oil on board
25¾ x 32in. (65.4 x 81.3cm.)
Private collection, England.
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P. Quatermaine. Jeffrey Smart, South Yarra, 1983, p.108, no.421.
C. Allen, Jeffrey Smart Unpublished Paintings 1940-2007, Collingwood, 2008, p.125 (illustrated).
Rome, Galleria 88, Jeffrey Smart, April, 1965, no.3.
In 1964 Smart travelled through Greece, staying in Skyros for the summer before returning to Rome in September. 'On the way through Greece they stayed at Athens which proved a revelation ('like Dallas - big, brassy, brash') and provided enough material for the whole of the Skyros period.' (P. Quartermaine, Jeffrey Smart, 1983, p.20). The six months spent at Skyros was the first time in twelve years that Smart was able to paint full-time, and resulted in the one-man exhibition in Rome in April 1965 (which included the present lot).
For a study of the present work see B. Pearce, Jeffrey Smart, 2005, p.83.
We are grateful to Stephen Rogers for his assistance with this catalogue entry.
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