This is one of a series of paintings of the same subject all done in 1953. The artist afterwards destroyed the others. It was this particular theme which prompted the label of 'Kitchen Sink' painting - a description disliked by the painters concerned. Smith has commented on his work of the 1950s 'The art of the 1940s in France and England didn't excite me. I reacted against its lack of creative energy. So like many artists before me I turned to my own environment for subject matter ... I wanted to make the ordinary miraculous. This had nothing to do with social comment. If I had lived in a palace I would have painted chandeliers'.
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