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Matthew Smith was primarily a colourist but there is a firm compositional structure in his paintings. Here, the tower on the horizon provides an almost unnoticed focal point for the flowing forms and luscious colour harmonies. Francis Bacon much admired him: 'He seems to me to be one of the very few English painters since Constable and Turner to be concerned with painting – that is, with attempting to make idea and technique inseparable… the image is the paint and vice versa'.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
oil on canvas
H 50.8 x W 60.9 cm
presented in memory of George Falk by Millicent Falk and her children, John and Ann, 1964