An image of Truck and trailer approaching a city

Jeffrey Smart

(Italy, Australia 26 Jul 1921 – 20 Jun 2013)

Truck and trailer approaching a city

Not on display
Further information

'Truck and trailer approaching a city' presents a frozen moment, in which Jeffrey Smart’s use of space, scale, colour and form evokes a sense of alienation.

'The painting is in two squares. I wanted to see if I could bring off a satisfactory composition which had a line down the centre, dividing it into two equal parts ... This is the first painting in which the apartment houses have that really impersonal quality I see in them ... I have been able to give them the grid look, amazingly similar to the pattern of memory cells in a computer. The sky is painted mainly with raw umber and mauve – with so much red, a neutral area was absolutely necessary.'

Jeffrey Smart, 1999

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
75.0 x 150.4 cm stretcher; 90.0 x 164.5 x 8.8 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, blue and black synthetic polymer paint "JEFFREY SMART". Not dated.

Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 1980
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© Estate of Jeffrey Smart