Maurice de Sausmarez in Leeds, a talk by Dr Rebecca Wade, Leeds University


Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery Woodhouse LS2 9JT

Tuscan Summer, Maurice de Sausmarez 1955 © Courtesy of Jane de Sausmarez. Purchased with funding from the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the Art Fund and the Friends of University Art and Music (Leeds), 2018. Image credit: University of Leeds

In 2019 the Bridget Riley Art Foundation supported the acquisition of the archive of the artist and educator Maurice de Sausmarez (1915-69) for Special Collections at the University of Leeds. With further support from the Foundation, the collection has now been comprehensively catalogued to make the material accessible for research, teaching and broader public engagement. This event provides an opportunity to explore a selection of material from the archive related to de Sausmarez’s time in Leeds, led by Dr Rebecca Wade (Associate Curator: Special Collections).

In 1947 de Sausmarez was appointed Head of the School of Drawing and Painting at Leeds College of Art. Two years later he joined the new Department of Fine Art at the University of Leeds, which he led until 1959. A pivotal time both for his own professional life and the development of art education in Britain, the archive illuminates de Sausmarez’s innovative integration of fine art studio practice and history of art in a university context.

De Sausmarez was embedded in an important network of artists, thinkers and groups who reshaped the cultural life of postwar Britain and beyond. Among his circle were the art critic and philosopher Sir Herbert Read and the art historian and sociologist Arnold Hauser, pioneering art educators Harry Thubron, Tom Hudson and Victor Pasmore and the visual artists Bridget Riley, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, Naum Gabo, Margaret Benyon and many others.

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