Jeffrey Smart

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A painting of a simple children's playground in a courtyard between buildings. A child hangs of a metal frame at the front and another child stands beside a slide in the background

Jeffrey Smart
Playground (Children playing)

Creation date: 1951

Playground (Children playing)
1951 Gadigal Country/Sydney
oil on canvas
60 x 76 cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased with the assistance of James Agapitos OAM and Ray Wilson OAM 2007
© The Estate of Jeffrey Smart
2007.1131


The subject of children at play in urban settings recurs in many of Jeffrey Smart’s works including Vacant allotment and Playground (Children playing). In both paintings children are playing in the increasingly urbanised environment of the Australian city. Smart painted this playground not long after he moved to Sydney in 1951. There he began to depart from the darker, more tonal palette characteristic of his Adelaide years and adopted lighter, brighter colours.