It’s not very often that a piece of work of this calibre comes onto the scene. Sotheby’s Australia auctioned this significant piece, Jeffrey Smart’s 1969 painting ‘Morning Practice, Baia’ as part of their Important Australia Art auction on 25th August, achieving $671,000 including buyers premium. The work has been prominently showcased in all major books and catalogues on Jeffrey Smart and was described by the artist himself as “one of my best paintings ever”. Generating an incredible amount of media exposure in publications such as The Australian’s WISH magazine, The Australian Financial Review and Business Insider, the oil on canvas features a man practicing with geometry, the crisp light and shadow illuminating the modern walls.
Held in an international private collection for over 40 years, Morning Practice, Baia went under the hammer for the first time in history – a true honour for Sotheby’s Australia. 3 Degrees would like to congratulate Sotheby’s Australia on an incredible result.