MAUD SUMNER [ 1902 – 1985 ]
MAUD Frances Eyston SUMNER was an educated, articulate and independent woman who, in many ways, was ahead of her time. In 1922 she was awarded her MA in Literature from Oxford University and went on to study art in London and Paris. Inspired by her teacher, Maurice Denis, the leading theorist of the Nabi movement, her paintings share the thoughtful and sensitive painterliness found in the works of the Intimists, Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. These qualities are apparent in her interiors with figures, one of which is an arresting self portrait of the artist, dressed in her painting smock, holding her paint brushes and looking engagingly at the viewer
BY: Emma Bedford
BORN: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, 1902.
DIED: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, 1985.
Selected Exhibitions: 1932: First solo exhibition, Gallery Drued, Paris. 1932: First South African exhibition, Ashbey’s Gallery, Cape Town. 1932-61: Participation in the Salon d’Automne, Paris. 1932-38: Participation in the Salon des Tuileries, Paris. 1935: First solo exhibition in London, Mayor Gallery. 1936: Empire exhibition, Johannesburg. 1936: Femmes Artistes Modernes, Paris. 1937: London Group Exhibition.1939: London Group Exhibition. 1941: First New Group exhibition, South Africa. 1948: Traveling exhibition of SA Art, Tate Gallery, London et al.1948: Venice Biennale, representing UNESCO. 1952: Van Riebeeck Tercentenary exhibition, Cape Town. 1953: Rhodes Centenary exhibition, Bulawayo. 1956-64: Woman’s International Art Club, London. 1956: London Group Exhibition. 1957: London Group Exhibition. 1958: London Group Exhibition.1964: Third Quadrennial of SA Art. 1964: Prestige exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum. 1966: Republic Festival Art Exhibition, Pretoria. 1971: ‘Johannesburg Artist’ prestige Jubilee exhibition, Johannesburg Art Gallery.1977: SA Art, National Gallery of Rhodesia, Salisbury. 1977-78: Prestige ‘Comprehensive exhibition’ Pretoria Art Museum and the National gallery, Cape Town. 1979: Watercolours from South Africa, Nuremburg, West Germany.
Awards: SA Academy medal of honor for painting in 1971.
Public Collections: Musée de l’Art Moderne, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, The Hague; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Contemporary Art Society, London; SA National Gallery, Cape Town; Johannesburg Art Gallery; Pretoria Art Museum; Hester Rupert Art Museum, Graaf-Reinet; Africana Museum, Johannesburg; Rembrandt Art Foundation; Sandton Municipal Collection; Unisa Art Collection; University of the Witwatersrand Galleries; Rand Afrikaans University Collection; University of Pretoria Art Collection.