Sir Matthew Smith


Sir Matthew Smith, ‘Still Life with Clay Figure, I’ 1939
Still Life with Clay Figure, I 1939
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Augustus John OM, ‘Matthew Smith’ 1944
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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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