Jeffrey Smart

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A painting of a row of four closed shops with brightly coloured roller doors covering their entrances.

Jeffrey Smart
The four closed shops

Creation date: 1982

The four closed shops
1982 Tuscany, Italy
synthetic polymer paint and oil on canvas
61 x 122.4 cm
Private collection
© The Estate of Jeffrey Smart


Smart’s painting The four closed shops refers to painters of the Italian art scene–Emilio Vedova, an Abstract Expressionist; Renato Guttuso, an expressive Social Realist; and Valerio Adami who was influenced by Pop art. Here Smart lists them as the absent owners of three neighbouring shops, perhaps ironically referencing the art movements they represented. Visually, however, the most relevant reference is to the characteristics of geometric abstraction, evident in the vibrantly coloured abstract shapes painted on the closed shop doors.