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date: 19 September 2019

Maistre, Leroy Leveson Laurent Joseph de called Roy de Maistrelocked

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Australian, 20th century, male.

Active also active in England.

Born 27 March 1894, in Maryvale, Bowral (New South Wales); died 1 March 1968, in London.

Painter. Religious subjects, still-lifes.

London Group.

Roy de Maistre trained under Dattilo Rubbo at the Royal Art Society of New South Wales in Sydney while taking classes in violin and viola at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music. At the outbreak of World War II, he signed up to the home service of the Australian Imperial Force. He was discharged in 1917 and became interested in the treatment of shell-shock patients who were hospitalised in rooms painted in soothing colour combinations. In 1923 he was awarded a travelling scholarship by the Society of Artists and spent three years in Europe, first in London, then in Paris and finally in St Jean de Luz. He exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1924 and the Venice Biennale of 1926. He returned to Sydney in 1926, but four years later he settled permanently in Britain. He opened the School of Contemporary Painting in London in 1934 with Martin Bloch. In 1954 he became a member of the London Group....

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