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Title

On the deck

(1935)


Artist

Roy de Maistre

Australia, England

27 Mar 1894 - 01 Mar 1968


About

This painting was derived from a photograph of the Duke of Windsor and Mrs Simpson honeymooning on the deck of their yacht. It depicts the two abstracted figures in the centre of the composition, framed and isolated by lines and shadows. Exemplifying de Maistre’s geometric-cubist style, the work is formed out of solid curves of funnels, wires and gunwales. Shadows echo and extend these curves, which intersect with the straight lines of other structures and create geometric forms of flat colour.

De Maistre created some of his most resolved paintings during the mid 1930s, living in England. The artist had left Australia unable to make a living solely from his practice.


Details


Other Titles

On board (On the deck)

On board


Date

(1935)


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on hardboard


Dimensions

51.0 x 61.0 cm board; 57.2 x 67.1 x 4.1 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, incised "R de Maistre". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Patrick White 1974


Location

Not on display


Accession number

45.1974


Artist information

Roy de Maistre

Artist profile

Works in the collection

110


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 9 publications

Bibliography


Dr David Hansen, Important Australian and International Art: Melbourne 22 November 2011, Catalogue entry for Lot 12 Roy de Maistre 'La Folie', pg. 30-31, Melbourne, 2011, 30.

Lesley Harding, Cubism & Australian art, 'Australia in the World and the World in Australia 1930-1939', pg. 57-95, Carlton, 2009, 61 (colour illus.).

Helen Verity Hewitt, Patrick White, painter, manqué: paintings, painters and their influence on his writing, 'Strangers in the Motherland', pg. 5-19, Carlton, 2002, xi, 11, 14, following 48 (colour illus.), 130, 177.

Heather Johnson, Roy de Maistre: The english years, New South Wales, 1995, 93, 107, 122, 124-125. plate no. 36 shows a study of figures for 'On the deck'

Heather Johnson, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Roy de Maistre / Roland Wakelin', pg. 48-59, Sydney, 2002, 54, 143.

David Marr, Patrick White: A life by David Marr, Milsons Point, 1991, 169-170, 262.

Sir John Rothenstein and Bryan Robertson, Roy de Maistre: A retrospective exhibition of paintings and drawings from 1917-1960, London, 1960, 12. cat.no. 36; Coll: Patrick White, Esq.

Jill Sykes, Look, 'Small and temporary: but it's a big pointer to the future', pg. 28-29, Sydney, Sep 2011, 28, 29 (colour illus.).

Daniel Thomas (Curator), Project 14: Roy de Maistre 1894-1968, Sydney, 1976. cat.no. 10