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Details & Cataloguing

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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Sir Matthew Smith
1879-1959
WHITE TULIPS AND PEARS

Provenance

Arthur Tooth & Sons, London, where acquired by Vivien Leigh, 29th December 1947

Exhibited

London, Arthur Tooth & Sons, An Exhibition of Paintings by Matthew Smith of the Years 1938-1940, 22nd October - 15th November 1947, cat. no. 21;
London, Royal Academy of Arts, A Memorial Exhibition of Works by Sir Matthew Smith C.B.E., 1960, cat. no. 199.

Literature

Notley Abbey Inventory, April 1948, p. 6, Lounge, ‘A modern Oil Painting "Bowl of Flowers and Fruit" 18" by 21½", framed and glazed’, (The Vivien Leigh Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, THM/433/6/1);
John Russell and Francis Halliday, Matthew Smith, London, 1962, illustrated pl. 46;
John Gledhill, Matthew Smith Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Farnham, 2009, cat. no. 519, illustrated p. 203.

Catalogue Note

Matthew Smith, a student of the Manchester School of Art and the Slade, would go on to study under Henri Matisse in Paris. Matisse’s influence and that of the wider Fauvist movement is apparent in much of Smith’s work through his deft handling of paint and considered yet bold use of colour. Smith’s still lifes beautifully capture the physicality of their subject as well as a moment in time. He is particularly regarded for his skill in rendering flowers, juxtaposing the tenderness of the stems with the solidity of the vessel in which they stand.

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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London