Graham Vivian Sutherland (British, 1903-1980)
Somerset Maugham (Cap Ferrat 1953), 1953
Charcoal on paper
Gift of The Beaverbrook Foundation
Somerset Maugham is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. He was a famous British author who wrote a lot of good books. I’ve never read any of them, but Helena Rubinstein says they are wonderful.
He’s so smart he sometimes gets himself in trouble for talking about things he shouldn’t talk about. Which is why he had a falling out with Max and got banished to a basement workroom.
There is another thing about poor Mr. Maugham: Because he is a sketch of a head, the only thing his artist thought about was Mr. Maugham’s head. Which means he doesn’t have a body!
This is most inconvenient, because the only way he can leave his portrait is to have another resident come and take him out. But because he was down in the basement, people kind of forgot about him.
Just remember: You ignore smart people at your own peril. We all learned that lesson!