Roy de Maistre (1894-1968)

Oil on board

95 x 67 cm


Methodist Modern Art Collection

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Biblical commentary

John 20: 11, 14–18

De Maistre shows Jesus, facing us, towering over the kneeling Mary Magdalene, who has her back towards us. It is still early in the morning and the sky is red with sunrise. The warm red-brown colour of both the landscape and Mary contrasts with the cool blues, white and greys of Jesus and the rocky garden. The mouth of the tomb, in a reddish stone or brick, is visible on the left, with marks that can be read as ‘LO’. The artist, a practising Roman Catholic, was a prolific painter of religious subjects, including other versions for ‘Noli me tangere’.

Commentary based on A Guide to the Methodist Art Collection.