The mad woman , Peter Purves Smith
  • Artist
    Peter Purves Smith
  • Born
    1912
  • Died
    1949
  • Title
    The mad woman
  • Date of Production
    1939
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    61.2 x 46.1 cm
  • Credit Details
    Gift of Mrs. Russell Drysdale, 1968

Peter Purves Smith

The mad woman

A student of the George Bell School Melbourne, the Grosvenor School, London and La Grand Chaumiere, Paris,  Purves Smith was strongly influenced by the work of the surrealists.  Considered to be one of Australia's most promising young artists, before his untimely death in 1949,  Purves Smith's most important paintings were painted in Paris and London in the two years before he joined the British Army in 1940.

Peter Purves Smith has distorted the  image in 'The mad woman' to convey a state of extreme emotion. Waves of blue and green colour are thrust against one another creating a sense of disorder and turmoil rather like that produced by an exploding volcano.