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Woman with parasol at Palm Beach



Roy de Maistre

Australia, England

27 Mar 1894 - 01 Mar 1968


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




Media category


Materials used

oil on plywood


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.".


Bequest of Mervyn Horton 1983


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Roy de Maistre

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 7 publications


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, AGNSW 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