Thomas and Joseph with Red Chair and Piano

Michael Smither, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in 1972.
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About the Work
“I have long been an admirer of Michael Smither’s paintings and of his ‘Family Series’ in particular. This series, from which ‘Thomas and Joseph with Red Chair and Piano’ comes, is a collection of paintings showing Smither’s young children in the early 1970s. The faces of the children often border on looking grotesque, but are always full of the character present when young children are teasing their father, playing games or fighting with each other for a favourite toy. Smither’s choice of colours is always inspiring and the red floral chair, yellow jersey, blue shirt and black piano are a combination that I enjoy. This ‘Family Series’ was about people and, in particular, about a young family growing up. I chose this painting because it is a grand example of Michael Smither at his emotive best.”
Jim Norris, a retired farmer and company manager, for the March 2020 instalment of the My Choice exhibition series.
Image 1161 x 533 mm
Frame 1180 x 550 mm
oil on hardboard
Two boys in an interior, one wearing a blue shirt is playing a piano and the other is sitting on a red couch/sofa.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1973.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
10 Apr 1973



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