Sir Matthew Smith

1879–1959

Sir Matthew Smith, ‘Nude, Fitzroy Street, No. 1’ 1916
Nude, Fitzroy Street, No. 1 1916
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Augustus John OM, ‘Matthew Smith’ 1944
Augustus John OM
Matthew Smith 1944
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Sir Matthew Smith, CBE (22 October 1879 – 29 September 1959) was a British painter of nudes, still-life and landscape. He studied design at the Manchester School of Art and art at the Slade School of Art. Smith studied under Henri Matisse in Paris and acquired an interest in Fauvism. During World War I, he was wounded at the Battle of Passchendaele. In 1949, Smith was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He was knighted in 1954.

He married Gwen Salmond and their relationship broke up when he entered into an affair with Vera Cuningham. Smith lived, worked, and exhibited in England and France.

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