Bernard Smith (b. 1916) is responsible for the modern discipline of the study of Australian art. An influential teacher and cultural commentator, Smith established his name in 1945 with the publication of Place, Taste and Tradition, one of the first books to examine the history and evolution of Australian art. Other publications include the widely acclaimed European Vision and the South Pacific (1960) and Modernism's History: A Study in Twentieth Century Art and Ideas (1998). Smith joined the Department of Fine Art at Melbourne University in 1955. He was Power Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of the Power Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Sydney from 1967 until he retired in 1977.
Gift of an anonymous donor 2002
Accession number: 2002.6
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Arthur Boyd’s Mysterious Eyes
6 May 2016
The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a focus exhibition of captivating portraits by renowned artist Arthur Boyd, titled Mysterious eyes: Arthur Boyd portraits from 1945.
Arthur Boyd portraits from 1945
Boyd’s self-portrait at age 25 is joined by his equally emotive portraits of those around him.
Magazine article, Portrait 49
Arthur as Alyosha?
Patrick McCaughey explores a striking Boyd self portrait.
Magazine article, Portrait 30
Through blue eyes
Works by Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan bring the desert, the misty seashore and the hot Monaro plains to exhibition Open Air: Portraits in the landscape.
Permanent collection catalogue
On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.