Maud Frances Eyston Sumner (South African, 1902-1985)
Still life on a window ledge signed 'Sumner' (lower left) oil on board 64.8 x 51.5cm (25 1/2 x 20 1/4in).
PROVENANCE: Purchased from the Matthew Whippman Gallery, Johannesburg, late 1940s Private collection
"Paintings in which the landscape outside is seen through a window [are] by no means an uncommon form of composition; the device in Maud Sumner's work has a curious poignancy. When the outside world is seen through a window and combined with a humanized interior, the contrast is meaningful. The human figure is absent and the paintings become not so much lonely as reflective compositions. They do not suggest that inside a house the human presence is warmly and comfortably enshrined against the vagaries of nature. They suggest rather that nature and the objects with which human beings surround and comfort themselves are related; and this suggestion is almost a religious one, an impression that is heightened by the colours. These, whether soft and muted or filled with light and sparkle, are the very substance of all the objects in the composition."
BIBLIOGRAPHY: C. Eglington, Maud Sumner, (Cape Town, 1967), pp. 29-30