Sir Matthew SmithCornish Church 1920

Share this artwork

Artwork details

Artist
Sir Matthew Smith (1879‑1959)
Title
Cornish Church
Date 1920
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 533 x 648 mm frame: 735 x 845 x 100
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1949
Reference
N05903
Not on display

Display caption

After a period of prolonged illness Smith spent the autumn and winter of 1920 in the village of St Columb Major in Cornwall. Here he completed a number of landscapes, and this is the view from the window of his room. The intense colours and black sky are reminiscent of the Brücke group of German Expressionist painters, but Smith denied a connection, and felt himself to be closer to French art. In Paris in 1919 he knew well the Irish painter Roderic O'Conor, who like Smith had belonged to Gauguin's circle in Brittany. Smith saw his landscapes and nudes, in which he used radiant colour in a similar constructional way.

August 2004

About this artwork

Find similar artworks

Artist

Category

Painting (5,306)

Decade

1920-9 (838)

Subject

abstraction (8,366)
non-representational (6,316)
colour (2,893)
architecture (30,430)
religious (4,159)
church (2,281)