Celebrated Australian urban landscape artist Jeffrey Smart dies at age 91 in Italy

SYDNEY (AFP).- Australia was Friday mourning the loss of one of its “most original and brilliant creative voices” with the passing of celebrated urban landscape artist Jeffrey Smart, who died in Italy aged 91.

Smart had spent recent months in and out of hospital near his home in Italy’s Tuscany and died overnight, one of his agents, Stuart Purves, told Australian media.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard led tributes, describing Smart — best known for his stark and detailed urban scenes which made ordinary industrial landscapes beautiful — as “a great Australian artist – and great Australian artist internationally”.

“Alongside his peers like Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd, Jeffrey Smart put Australian art on the map in the post-war era,” Gillard said.

“Though he lived in Italy for

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