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This is the earliest painting in this display. Although it was completed in 1959, it was mostly painted in 1958 and was therefore commenced before his first visit to New York. Of all the works in this room, this is the most abstract. It has no recognisable subject and Smtih's main concerns appear to be colour and emphatic brushwork. These concerns are a link with the American gestural abstract painting he experienced at first hand in New York in 1959.

September 2004