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Roy de Maistre

Australia, England

27 Mar 1894 – 01 Mar 1968

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    Other Titles
    Across the Domain
    In the Domain
    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas board
    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".

    Gift of the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 2012
    Naala Nura, ground level, 20th-century galleries
    Accession number
    © Estate of Roy de Maistre

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  • 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.

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  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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