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Title

Botanical Gardens, Sydney


Artist

Roy de Maistre

Australia, England

27 Mar 1894 - 01 Mar 1968


About

After failing to enlist in 1916 due to ill health, Roy de Maistre became interested in the treatment of shell-shock patients by putting them in rooms painted in soothing colour combinations. In late 1918, he collaborated with fellow artist Roland Wakelin in exploring the relationship between art and music. Their experiments produced Australia's first abstract paintings, characterised by high-key colour, large areas of flat paint and simplified forms. The works received critical acclaim, but modernist developments were largely derided by the conservative establishment.

After 1919 de Maistre virtually abandoned colour-music and abstraction, instead his paintings of 1921–22 experimented with Max Meldrum's theories of tonalism. 'Across the Domain' 1918 reflects the artist's full embrace of modernism, under the guiding influence of his teacher and mentor Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo, who encouraged his exploration of post-Impressionism.


Details


Other Titles

Across the Domain

In the Domain


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

1918


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas board


Dimensions

20.0 x 27.5 cm board; 44.0 x 51.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, pen and black ink "R. de Maistre 1918".


Credit

Gift of the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 2012


Accession number

191.2012


Artist information

Roy de Maistre

Works in the collection

110


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Deborah Edwards, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Colour, light and rhythm: tools for modernity', pg. 21-33, Sydney, 2013, 27 (colour illus.), 312.