Sir Matthew Smith

Winter in Provence


Not on display

Sir Matthew Smith 1879–1959
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 540 × 654 mm
frame: 760 × 870 × 95 mm
Presented anonymously through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1982

Catalogue entry


Not inscribed

Oil on canvas, 21 1/4 × 25 3/4 (54 × 65.2)
Presented by Lady Adeane through the Friends of the Tate Gallery in memory of Sir Robert Adeane 1982

Prov: Captain R.D.Q. Henriques (purchased at Arthur Tooth & Sons, May 1940); Stewart Granger; Sir Robert Adeane
Exh: [?] Contemporary English Painting, Redfern Gallery, October 1936 (16, as ‘Landscape’); London Group, March 1937 (36, as ‘Winter Landscape’); Matthew Smith: Paintings from 1909 to 1952, Tate Gallery, September–October 1953 (64); Memorial Exhibition of Works by Sir Matthew Smith CBE, RA, October 1960 (187)

A photograph which used to belong to the artist of this landscape has written on the back ‘Winter in Provence, formerly called Winter Landscape’ (the handwriting is of one of the staff of Arthur Tooth & Sons). This allows it to be identified as the painting exhibited with the London Group in March 1937. Matthew Smith was then living in France, in Paris and in Aix-en-Provence, and sent paintings regularly to Tooths' for exhibition. It is not listed either in Tooths' exhibition catalogues or in his own lists of paintings sent to London, but he occasionally also sent works of art direct to other galleries. In a letter from Smith to Richard Smart, a Director of Tooths', of 19 February 1937, he asks Smart to choose a painting of his to send to the forthcoming London Group exhibition, and suggests the ‘Winter Landscape’ ‘once shown at the Redfern Gallery’. No painting with this title is listed in the series of group exhibitions at the Redfern, and it is likely therefore to be the ‘Landscape’ by Smith shown there in October 1936. The painting shows snow on the ground and, assuming he had sent a recent work to the Redfern, was probably painted in the winter of 1935–6.

Information about the artist's papers was kindly given by Mrs A. Kadel.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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