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Title

Woman with parasol at Palm Beach


Artist

Roy de Maistre

Australia, England

27 Mar 1894 - 01 Mar 1968


About

Like Wakelin, de Maistre recanted the incipient abstraction of his colour harmonies in favour of a blander, more saleable, variation of modernism. Habitually broke, neither of them could afford the luxury of avant-gardism for long. This image is a slice of middle-class life destined for return to it. De Maistre understood this, but it did not blight his authorship of some of the lushest landscape and genre paintings of the 1920s. Never uninteresting, he is no less than compelling in this solar homage to Sydney's Palm Beach. Having expatriated himself to England in 1930, de Maistre honed an adapt-ably academic cubism that influenced his admirer, the young Francis Bacon.

Art Gallery Handbook 1999


Details


Date

1927


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on plywood


Dimensions

32.0 x 40.8 cm board; 44.9 x 52.6 x 5.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, pencil "R de M (illeg.) 1927". Signed upper c. verso, pencil "... R de M.".


Credit

Bequest of Mervyn Horton 1983


Location

Not on display


Accession number

49.1985


Artist information

Roy de Maistre

Works in the collection

110


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 7 publications

Bibliography


Deborah Edwards, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Moderns', pg. 103-104, Sydney, 2000, 110 (colour illus.), 301.

Niels Hutchison, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'De Maistre decoded', pg. 56-63, Sydney, 2013, 63 (colour illus.), 312.

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 137 (colour illus.).

Heather Johnson, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Roy de Maistre / Roland Wakelin', pg. 48-59, Sydney, 2002, 48 (colour illus.), 143, 147.

Heather Johnson, Celebrating Paradise - The artist and the Northern Beaches: 1890 to 2000, 'Looking back - early artists of the Northern Beaches, 1890-1950', pg. 3-10, Manly, 1999, 7, 8 (colour illus.), 20.

Ewen McDonald, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 34 (colour illus.).

Eleonora Triguboff (Editor), Art & Australia, ‘Mervyn Horton’, pg. 528-529, Sydney, May 2013-Jul 2013, 528 (colour illus.). author unknown