Woman with parasol at Palm Beach
Roy de Maistre
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
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
© Caroline de Mestre Walker
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Tribute to Mervyn Horton, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Oct 1983–14 Nov 1984
Celebrating Paradise - The artist and the Northern Beaches: 1890-2000, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Manly, 10 Dec 1999–30 Jan 2000
Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003
Australian modern masterpieces from the Art Gallery of New South Wales:
Sydney Moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 2013–07 Oct 2013
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.
Art & Australia, ‘Mervyn Horton’, pg. 528-529, Sydney, May 2013-Jul 2013, 528 (colour illus.). author unknown
AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 34 (colour illus.).