N06225 STILL LIFE: FRUIT 1954
Inscr. ‘R de Maistre’ b.r.
Canvas, 30 1/2×21 1/2 (77·5×54·5).
Presented by Eric Hall 1954.
Coll: Acquired by Eric Hall from the artist.
Painted in 1954 from a sketch made at Compiègne in 1933, it is one of four versions based on the same design: one, dated 1944, was formerly in the E. C. Gregory collection; two others, dated 1934 and 1955, belong to the artist. The artist wrote (21 April 1955): ‘I frequently return to sketches and notes or “things remembered” and paint one or many different versions of subjects that have their origins in the past’.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II