Jeffrey Smart

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A painting of Jeffrey Smart's self portrait on canvas stretched over a frame propped against a wall behind a still life with pears, an egg, and a shell. On the right hand side a pink and white building sits against a dark sky and a woman with an umbrella walks away.

Jeffrey Smart
Self-portrait, Procida

Creation date: 1950–51

Self-portrait, Procida
1950–51 Ischia, Italy and Tarntanya/Adelaide
oil on canvas
35 x 50 cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2016
© The Estate of Jeffrey Smart

In this self-portrait Smart looks out intently at the viewer, as a young, determined artist. His portrait is a painting within a painting – tacked to a frame behind a still-life arrangement. Here, Smart memorialises the past in the present reflecting on his time on the Italian island of Procida, where he stayed before he returned to Australia in 1951 after nearly three years abroad. The work embodies his affection for Italy, anticipating his permanent return in 1964.