Jeffrey Smart

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A painting of a woman, Margaret Olley, who stands in the lower left hand side of the canvas. Behind her a wooden temporary wall hides the wall of the mostly empty Louvre Museum. A doorway in the wall shows a glimpse of the rest of the gallery.

Jeffrey Smart
Margaret Olley in the Louvre Museum

Creation date: 1994–95

Margaret Olley in the Louvre Museum
1994–95 Tuscany, Italy
oil on canvas
67 x 110 cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Bequest of Ian Whalland 1997
© The Estate of Jeffrey Smart
Photo: AGNSW

Jeffrey Smart and the artist Margaret Olley became close friends in the last twenty years of Smart’s life. Sharing many friends in common, including fellow Australian artists Jean Bellette, Justin O’Brien and Russell Drysdale, Smart and Olley had a great passion for art and music. They also shared a dry sense of humour. Olley responded to this painting with her characteristic wit: ‘I am glad Jeffrey put me in the Louvre for I am much more at home in the Louvre than on one of [his] freeways.’