An image of Woman with parasol at Palm Beach

Roy de Maistre

(Australia, England 27 Mar 1894 – 01 Mar 1968)

Woman with parasol at Palm Beach

Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Year
1927
Media
Painting
Medium
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
Accession number
49.1985
Copyright
© Caroline de Mestre Walker