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(Colour music)

(circa 1934)


Roy de Maistre

Australia, England

27 Mar 1894 - 01 Mar 1968


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Other Titles

Colour music

Colour Music


(circa 1934)

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Materials used

gouache on piano roll


dimensions variable :

a - Painted roll; 31 x 1606 cm; 1606.0 cm is the total length of the roll from the metal hook at beginning to/and including the spool end. The painted (coloured) section of the roll is 485.5 cm in length.

b - Empty (unpainted) roll; 31 x 1616 cm; The 100mm difference between the length of the 2 rolls is due to the fact the painted roll has more paper glued on to the roll core than the empty roll.


Gift of Sir John Rothenstein in memory of the artist 1969


Not on display

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Artist information

Roy de Maistre

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Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 10 publications


Deborah Edwards, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Moderns', pg. 103-104, Sydney, 2000, 107 (colour illus.), 301.

Elizabeth Gertsakis, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Roy de Maistre: colour-music and the Verbrugghens', pg. 46-49, Sydney, 2013, 49 (colour illus., detail), 58-59 (colour illus., detail), 312. four details from one piano roll

Niels Hutchison, Symposium papers: Colour in art - revisiting 1919 & R-Balson, 'Colour-Music – Decoding de Maistre: The colour-music code', pg.26-29, Sydney, 2008, 26-29. NOTE: General reference

Annabel Pegus and Nick Waterlow, Colour in art: Revisiting 1919, Sydney, 2008, 53 (colour illus.).

Daniel Thomas., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Painting's influence on literature', Sydney, 14 Sep 1976.

Daniel Thomas (Curator), Project 14: Roy de Maistre 1894-1968, Sydney, 1976, (illus.). 50

Analiese Treacy, Look, 'On a roll: birth and survival of an extraordinary artwork', pg. 12-13, Sydney, Sep 2013, 12 (colour illus., detail), 13 (colour illus., detail).

Editor Unknown (Editor), Sotheby's Melbourne: Important Australian Art, 24 November 2008, Australia, 2008, 106. NOTE: Related work titled 'Arrested movement from a trio'

Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Acquisitions for 1969', pg. 538, Sydney, Jul 1970, 542 (illus.). plate no. 22

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Australian financial review, 'De Maistre - not a discordant note among those who mattered', pg. 28, Sydney, 26 Sep 1974, 28. General reference