Studio - 13 Eccleston Street
Roy de Maistre
27 Mar 1894 - 01 Mar 1968
"When I visited his studio at 13 Eccleston Street, Victoria ... the long painting room was full of objects miscellaneous yet carefully chosen: a sofa designed by his friend Francis Bacon, a French eighteenth-century chair ... All these objects were over-shadowed by the canvases of de Maistre which face the visitor from wall, floor and easel ... strong, lucid statements. It is possible for an inferior artist to be lucid and strong if he selects suitably simple objects, but it takes talent to make lucid, strong statements about complicated matters ...".
John Rothenstein, 1956
De Maistre's paintings of his Eccleston Street studio in London which he used from 1937 until his death, are regarded as being amongst his finest works. 'Studio - 13 Eccleston Street' was based on the colour charts and music works that de Maistre made during the 1930s, demonstrating his continuing interest in later years in the experiments first begun with Roland Wakelin in Sydney in 1918.
Friends in London included fellow artist Francis Bacon who was deeply indebted to de Maistre as a painter, Director of the Tate Gallery John Rothenstein and Australian writer Patrick White, who for ten years rented the flat upstairs.
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001
oil on canvas board
39.8 x 30.2 cm board; 45.8 x 41.2 x 4.4 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed bot. c., pencil " R de Maistre". Not dated.
Gift of Owen Williams in memory of the artist 1996
Not on display
© Caroline de Mestre Walker
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003
Sydney Moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 2013–07 Oct 2013
Referenced in 4 publications
Niels Hutchison, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'De Maistre decoded', pg. 56-63, Sydney, 2013, 61 (colour illus.), 312.
Heather Johnson, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Roy de Maistre / Roland Wakelin', pg. 48-59, Sydney, 2002, 50 (colour illus.), 143, 147.
Heather Johnson, Australian art collector, 'Private Pleasure, Public Gain - the influence of private collections', pg. 58-61, Ultimo, Apr 1998-Jun 1998, 60, 61 (colour illus.).
Daniel Thomas, Symposium papers: Colour in art - revisiting 1919 & R-Balson, 'Modern Australia: Colour in art 1910s-1950s', pg. 3-11, Sydney, 2008. General information about de Maistre's London studio, 13 Eccleston Street, Westminster.