Maurice de Sausmarez:
Framed (ref: 151)
Oil on canvas, 30 x 50 in. (78 x 128 cm.)
Tags: Maurice de Sausmarez children flowers Last Romantics religion
Provenance: acquired directly from the artist's wifeIn an exceptional polished fruitwood frame with gilded acorn and oakleaf knull
Allegory was painted in 1938, when De Sausmarez was a final-year
student at the RCA. Essentially a modern-day narrative, the painting
also refers to the life of Christ, from the moment of conception to the
Agony in the Garden: the Visitation is on the right, the Nativity in
the centre (with shepherds on the hills). The group on the left are
possibly Pharisees and Saducees. The painting shows the influence of
Stanley Spencer and his circle, evidence that his figurative legacy was
still of consequence in the late 1930s. In the post-war years, like so
many of his generation, De Sausmarez evolved towards an abstract style.
We are grateful to Alistair Hicks for his help in cataloguing this painting.