Jeffrey Smart passes by

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“I’ve got no message. All I want to do is paint a beautiful picture, that’s all”

Internationally acclaimed Australian-born artist Jeffrey Smart has died in Italy aged 91.

The Adelaide-born artist, who was known for his precise, stark urban landscapes, trained in Australia and Europe and was living in Italy. He is known for finding the beauty in ordinary objects, and for his fearless colour palette. Smart spent most of his life in Italy and is survived by his partner of more than three decades, Ermes De Zan.

Smart was quite quick to slap you down if you go too far with interpreting meanings to his work, apart from having a great zest for life and a strong sense of independence. Vale Jeffrey.

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