Sebastian Smee

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Sebastian Smee is an art critic for the Washington Post .[1][2][3]

Education and career[edit]

Educated at St Peter's College, Adelaide, Smee graduated from the University of Sydney with an Honours degree in fine arts in 1994 and moved to Boston in 2008, having also lived in the United Kingdom between 2001 and 2004.[4][5] Before joining the Boston Globe he was national art critic for The Australian and has also worked for The Daily Telegraph and contributed to The Guardian, The Times, The Financial Times, The Independent on Sunday, The Art Newspaper, Modern Painters, Prospect magazine and The Spectator.

He won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for his "vivid and exuberant writing about art, often bringing great works to life with love and appreciation".[6]


Smee is the author of the books Lucian Freud and Side by Side: Picasso v Matisse. In 2016, The Art of Rivalry was published. The book examines the relationships between four pairs of artists - Matisse and Picasso, de Kooning and Pollock, Freud and Bacon, and Degas and Manet. [7]



  1. ^ Retrieved 8 February 2018.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Globe art critic Sebastian Smee wins Pulitzer", Boston Globe website Archived 21 May 2011 at Wikiwix
  3. ^ WashPostPR (8 November 2017). "Sebastian Smee joins The Post's Features team". Retrieved 8 February 2018 – via 
  4. ^ "2011 Pulitzer Prize Criticism Biography", Pulitzer Prize website
  5. ^ "Sebastian Smee biography", Boston Globe website
  6. ^ "2011 Pulitzer Prize Criticism Citation", Pulitzer Prize website
  7. ^ Cooke, Rachel (16 October 2016). "The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee review – from shared vision to slashed canvas". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 November 2016.