Roy De Maistre (1894-1968) Studio Interior
Lot 31
Roy De Maistre
(1894-1968)
Studio Interior
Sold for AU$ 256,200 (US$ 192,811) inc. premium

Lot Details
Roy De Maistre (1894-1968) Studio Interior
Roy De Maistre (1894-1968)
Studio Interior
signed lower right: 'R de Maistre'; inscribed verso: 'ECLESTON ST'
oil on pulp board
111.0 x 65.5cm (43 11/16 x 25 13/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE
    Joseph Brown Gallery, Melbourne
    Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney
    Private collection, Sydney
    The Estate of John Fairlie Cuningham, Sydney

    EXHIBITED
    Homage to Roy de Maistre: A Memorial Retrospective Exhibition, Joseph Brown Gallery, Melbourne, 21 April - 7 May 1971; Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney, 20 May - 5 June 1971, cat. 20 (illus. cover)

    LITERATURE
    Laurie Thomas, 'Homage to de Maistre', The Australian, 22 May 1971 (illus.)
    Heather Johnson, Roy De Maistre: The Australian Years 1894-1930, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1988, p. 104, pl. 47 (illus.), 122

    The motif of the artist's studio was an enduring subject for Roy de Maistre. Considered to be amongst his most successful works, de Maistre's studio interiors span his entire practice and reveal an intimate and ordered world. Filled with the artist's most beloved works, which he struggled to part with despite often straightened circumstances, Heather Johnson notes in her monograph, 'One of de Maistre's greatest works of art, and the one most appreciated by friends and relatives, and acquaintances, was the creation of his Eccleston Street studio. De Maistre did not believe the common wisdom that artists should make and work in a mess... His studio was not simply a work place, but also a domestic and private space. John Rothenstein referred to it as the theatre of his actions and the repository of his whole life, an environment of tenebrous beauty that was still informal and comfortable.' 1

    An elegy to the Eccleston Street studio and de Maistre's life of the mind, Studio Interior is also a portrait of some of his most precious works. Dominating the composition is Colour Composition Derived from Three Bars of Music in the Key of Green, 1935, held in a private collection. His interest in colour theory, and the relationship between music, colour, and modernism, developed with Roland Wakelin whilst still in Australia, remained with de Maistre throughout his life. In Studio Interior he offers us a homage to his private haven, the easles filled with his life's work.


    1. Heather Johnson, Roy de Maistre, The English Years 1930 – 1968, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1995, p. 48

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