Thomas Under Table ; Michael Smither; 1970; 73/4


Te Manawa


Thomas Under Table

About this object

This work has been done in a regional realist style and depicts the Smither's son Thomas hiding under the table.


Michael Smither

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Medium and Materials

Oil on board

Place Notes

In 1970, the year this painting was made, Michael Smither was the recipient of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship from the University of Otago


H 938 W 935 D 23mm

Subject and Association Description

Michael Smither studied under artists like John Weeks, Lois White and Robert Ellis, which is reflected in his style of work. Known as regional realism, this style was revitalised from hard edge realism practiced by artists in the 1930’s and 40’s. This style gets its name from a look which is representational but also stylised and makes use of bold colours. Smither is most well known for his landscapes of Taranaki and coastal views as well as his portrayal of domestic life with his family, having creating many works of his three children Sarah, Thomas, and Joseph when they were still young.

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