An image of Keswick siding

Jeffrey Smart

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

Keswick siding

Lowy, Gonski Gallery
Further information

When I was very young, I had seen Keswick siding many times from the suburban train between Unley Park and Adelaide. Eventually I decided to do something about it, but it was difficult. The siding was on railway property, so I had to get off at Keswick station and climb down from the platform with my easel and gear and camera, and walk along the tracks with trains rushing past. Once work is started there is always the possibility of an officious railway worker ordering you off the site.
Jeffrey Smart, 1996

Keswick siding declares Smart's early fascination for urban industrial landscapes and transport systems and witnesses the emergence of pictorial elements that have persisted throughout his career. It reflects his absorption of old master painting techniques from teachers at the South Australian School of Art, Marie Tuck (pupil of Rupert Bunny) and Ivor Hele. However, it is also an example of the painterly impasto approach that preceded his shift in technique to the 'eggshell' finish characteristic of his mature style.

Place of origin
Keswick, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
oil on jute canvas
62.0 x 72.1 cm stretcher; 78.0 x 88.5 x 6.7 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown oil "JEFF SMART 45".

Gift of Charles B Moses 1982
Accession number
© Estate of Jeffrey Smart