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Oranges in a Seagrass Basket




Original 1979

1600 x 1200, Oil on board

Private Collection - Terry and Angela Boon

The seagrass basket was used as a navigation aid by Polynesian voyagers. I considered the fall of light on the weave and began to get some idea of how this may have been so. Of course, most people are impressed by the oranges but this painting is about the basket.

'Oranges in a Seagrass Basket' is considered by many people to be one of my iconic works.

There are two versions in oils, one medium sized, which paid for our solar heating equipment at Mt.View Place and one large, that lives on the wall of a friends in New Plymouth and is reproduced in Ron Sang's publication "Michael Smither, Painter".

The second edition, 2015, smaller than the original screenprint, with a few still available, Priced at $400, Edition of 50, Size 223 x 310

A third signed edition, larger, in response to demand is now available.

Michael Smither CNZM 2019

Edition of 65               

Size 620 x 830



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