Sir Matthew Smith (1879-1959)
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Matthew Smith was a true British Fauvist and was considered the greatest colourist of his generation. His work is epitomized by blending of image colour and liquid technique. Francis Bacon was a great admirer and wrote that “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.” Bacon praised Smith for achieving “a complete interlocking of image and paint”, so that “the brush-stroke creates the form and does not merely fill it in”.
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