The listeners, Jeffrey Smart
  • Artist
    Jeffrey Smart
  • Born
    1921
  • Title
    The listeners
  • Date of Production
    1965
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    90.5 x 70 cm
  • Credit Details
    The William, Rene and Blair Ritchie Collection. Bequest of Blair Ritchie, 1998

Jeffrey Smart

The listeners

Jeffrey Smart studied at the South Australian School of Art and later at the Académie Montmartre and La Grande Chaumière in Paris. Resident in Italy since 1965, the artist has been strongly influenced by painters as diverse as Paul Cézanne, Piero della Francesca and Giorgio di Chirico.

A realist painter, with a powerful sense of colour and an eye for the opportunities of placing seemingly ordinary things or figures in unusual combinations, Smart has developed a style in which the subject matter and its composition engage the viewer with the sinister or disturbing side of the modern world. In this work a sole figure lying in a field, looks towards a satellite dish against dark billowing clouds on the horizon, creating a scene which offers many opportunities for interpretation