Sunday, July 13, 2008

Pieta by Roy de Maistre

Roy De Maistre 1894-1968
Pieta 1950
Oil on canvas; support: 1524 x 1143 mm
Tate Britain, London

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.’

Roy de Maistre (1894 - 1968) was an Australian artist.

In 1930 he moved permanently to England

Christian symbolism and biblical themes are common in his work

He became a Catholic in 1951

He painted the Stations of the Cross in 1954 for Westminster Cathedral. For more and the Stations, see Solomon, I Have Surpassed Thee: Roy de Maistre- The Stations