SMITHER, Michael;

Interior with Child Under Blanket

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1971
Oil on board
620 x 710mm (image); 730 x 820mm (frame)

Interior with Child shows Michael Smither’s son, Thomas, at play. The artist has said of this work: ‘I had recently seen a newspaper photo of a murdered woman’s car covered in a tarpaulin. I watched Thomas as he played at covering his toy car with a cloth, then use his chewy rag to cover his embarrassment at being caught in a creative act.’[1]

 

[1] Michael Smither, Michael Smither, Painter (Tāmaki Makaurau: Ron Sang Publications, 2004), 106.

Exhibition History

Gathered Voices: Highlights from the Fletcher Trust Collection, New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, 15 September to 11 December 2022

Michael Smither: The Wonder Years, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Tāmaki Makaurau, 3 September 2005 to 30 January 2006 (toured)

Illustrated

Michael Smither, Michael Smither, Painter (Tāmaki Makaurau: Ron Sang Publications, 2004), 106.

Provenance

1986–
Fletcher Trust Collection, purchased from Webb’s, Tāmaki Makaurau, August 1986, lot 158

?–1986
Collection of J. and J. Traue, Te Whanganui-a-Tara

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