Jeffrey Smart

Stop 22 of 32

A woman, Germaine Greer, sits close to the front on a bent wood chair to the lower right of the painting. A wall graffitied with a large R rises directly behind her, with the edges of two brightly coloured doors visible on the left and the right edges.

Jeffrey Smart
Portrait of Germaine Greer

Creation date: 1984

Portrait of Germaine Greer
1984 Tuscany, Italy
oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
96 x 120 cm
Private collection
© The Estate of Jeffrey Smart


Smart wrote of the Australian writer and good friend Germaine Greer in his 1996 autobiography: ‘We were immediately drawn to her; beautiful, intelligent, and wonderfully vivacious, she was a sparkling addition to our group of friends. Germaine’s house was at the end of a long, long road going up an unspoilt valley … As well as the eclectic herb garden, behind her house she had a small “laboratory” where she made tinctures and medicines, which I’m sure were efficacious. I wonder what the locals would have made of this; would they have thought of her as a witch, albeit a glamourous and young one? The situation was classic.’