On Artists and their Making
Selected Writings of Maurice de Sausmarez
- Hardback (BB)
- 20 Oct 2015
Born in 1915, the painter Maurice de Sausmarez was an important figure among mid-20th century British artists and educators. He trained at the Royal College of Art just prior to the Second World War. Part of the circle of Peggy Angus and Barnett Freedman and an active member of the Artists’ International Association, he became a passionate advocate for the beneficial role of art in society and the duty of education to foster individual creativity at every stage of growth. Author of the seminal book Basic Design: The Dynamics of Visual Form, first published in 1964, de Sausmarez was highly respected as an inspirational teacher, and an important participant in national discussions on the organization of art training and education. This book draws together material from both published and unpublished sources including extracts from his books, contributions to specialist journals and newspapers, broadcasts, conferences, lectures and interactions with notable 20th century artists such as Naum Gabo, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson and Bridget Riley, as well as letters and personal papers from the de Sausmarez family archive. His treatment of the values of art and the processes of its making, as well as the work of individual artists, is presented from a broad and knowledgeable intellectual perspective. This anthology provides a much-needed introduction to de Sausmarez’s writings and makes a pertinent contribution to the current rekindling of interest in art schools and art education as well as the ongoing discourse concerning the creative arts in modern society.
Hilary Diaper was Keeper of the Art Collection and Gallery at the University of Leeds from 1987 until 2010. Previously, she was employed as Research Assistant in the University’s Department of Fine Art, working first for Professor Lawrence Gowing and afterwards Professor T.J.Clark. Especially interested in British art and criticism from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, she has published studies and curated many exhibitions in this area, as well as completing a catalogue of the University’s art collection. She guest-curated the 2015 exhibition in the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery at Leeds University to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Maurice de Sausmarez. Dr Beth Williamson is an independent art historian and consultant whose recent clients include the Association of Art Historians, Tate, Tyne & Wear Museums and the University of Warwick. From 2009 to 2014 she was a Research Fellow on Tate’s ‘Art School Educated’ research project. Her research focuses on the area of post-war British art and pedagogy, a field in which she has published widely including her recent monograph on art theorist Anton Ehrenzweig published by Ashgate. She is currently researching a new book on the artist and educator William Johnstone.