David Smith Painting 1964 1964

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David Smith 1906–1965
Painting 1964
Date 1964
Medium Oil paint on canvas on plywood
Dimensions Support: 1397 x 451 mm
Acquisition Presented anonymously 1967
Not on display

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Smith was trained as a painter and stated that his 'sculpture grew from painting'. Many of his sculptures have painted surfaces. In the last two years of his life he painted a series of female figures, using friends as models. He also executed many drawings on this theme. Most of the figures in this series are strictly linear, in black. Very few are modelled in broad areas of colour such as this one. Smith remained interested in the figure throughout his career. The emphasis on verticality in this painting, stressed by the narrowness of the canvas, recalls his upright, abstract 'sentinel' sculptures of the late 50s.

September 2004

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