Jeffrey Smart

Stop 10 of 32

A grassy and sandy slope with a lone baby's pram in the foreground of the painting. In the background rises a tree, a pergola, and fairy lights on a pole. A man sits reading a news paper facing a just visible strip of ocean.

Jeffrey Smart
Holiday resort

Creation date: 1946

Holiday resort
1946 Tarntanya/Adelaide
oil on canvas
50.9 x 60.9 cm
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Gift of Douglas and Barbara Mullins to commemorate the Gallery’s 125th anniversary 2006
© The Estate of Jeffrey Smart

The arid landscape, deserted gazebo and lone tree of Jeffrey Smart’s Holiday resort are not the images we would typically associate with a tourist getaway. The highly constructed composition with abandoned pram, a seated man and even the scattered stones, gives the appearance of a stage set. Depth is indicated only through a single string of lights trailing into the distance. The earth and sky seem stacked one above the other as flattened, formal planes rather than separate receding spaces.