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Le Roux Smith Le Roux (1914 – 1963)


Oil On Canvas, 1943-1949


70cm x 90cm

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From a young age, Le Roux Smith Le Roux displayed precocious talent and versatile ability, studying at Michaelis School, Cape Town, under John Wheatley, Royal College of Art, Slade School in London and the British School at Rome. On completion of his preliminary studies, he received a Government grant to study mural-painting in Europe, where most importantly he studied egg tempera mural painting techniques in Rome. Shortly afterwards he was commissioned, jointly with fellow-student Eleanor Esmonde-White, to cover the walls of a room in South African House in London. Le Roux also produced provide murals for the Cunard liner “Queen Elizabeth” as well as several major mural commissions in Cape Town and Johannesburg, including the then largest mural in South Africa, in South Africa Mutual Buildings, Cape Town.

Le Roux became the director of the newly-established Pretoria Art Centre, also curator of Pretoria art collection; served on War Art Advisory Committee and was a member of International Art Club, South Africa. He later moved to London to become the Deputy Keeper of the Tate Gallery. During this period he was active on BBC as actor, broadcaster and critic before finally becoming one of the central figures in a scandal which rocked the Tate.

After leaving the Tate under a cloud of suspicion Le Roux went on to become an art-adviser to Lord Beaverbrook as well as a buyer for various London art galleries, including Wildenstein Gallery.

Source: Berman, E. 1994. Art & Artists of South Africa. Southern Book Publishers.