Roy De Maistre Pieta 1950

Artwork details

Artist
Roy De Maistre 1894–1968
Title
Pieta
Date 1950
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1524 x 1143 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by R.A. Butler (later Lord Butler of Saffron Walden) 1955
Reference
T00029
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T00029 PIETA 1950

Inscr. ‘R de Maistre’ b.l.
Canvas, 60×45 (152·5×114·5).
Presented by the Rt Hon. R. A. Butler 1955.
Coll: Mrs R. A. Butler 1953.
Exh: Hanover Gallery, April 1953 (3); Whitechapel Art Gallery, May–June 1960 (82, repr.).

The artist wrote (30 January 1956): ‘Studies and projects for the Stations of the Cross were made in France between 1930 and 1938 and continued in London from 1940 onward. The “Pieta” now in the Tate Gallery stems from these studies.... All these are now embodied in “The Stations of the Cross”, a work in progress for the “Long Gallery” which connects the Clergy House with Westminster Cathedral.’ The completed work was installed in November 1956. A smaller version of the ‘Pieta’ was also exhibited at the Hanover Gallery in 1953 (25) and previously in 1950 at the Adams Gallery (16×12 in.; exhibited at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, May–June 1960 (83)). Other individual paintings from this series are the three versions of the ‘Deposition’ in the collections of the late Samuel Courtauld, the late Mrs R. A. Butler, and the British Council.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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