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(A set of colour discs, scales, wheels)



Roy de Maistre

Australia, England

27 Mar 1894 - 01 Mar 1968




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Materials used

oil on paperboard and cardboard discs


90.5 x 105.5; 143.0 x 150.9 x 5.8cm frame


Gift of Sir John Rothenstein in memory of Roy de Maistre 1969

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Artist information

Roy de Maistre

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Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

  • Colour Music, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 15 Aug 2014–28 Sep 2014

  • Colourwheel, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 May 2015–29 May 2016

  • 21st Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Mar 2018–11 Jun 2018

Referenced in 10 publications


Elizabeth Gertsakis, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Roy de Maistre: colour-music and the Verbrugghens', pg. 46-49, Sydney, 2013, 46, 47 (colour illus.), 312. colour illus. is of part b.

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. General referennce

Jenny McFarlane, Art and Australia (Vol. 40, No. 2), '"Colour in art" and Alexander Hector's Electric Colour-Music Organ', pg. 292-297, Sydney, Dec 2002-Feb 2003.

Annabel Pegus, Modern times: the untold story of modernism in Australia, '2 Colour in art', pg. 16-21, Sydney, 2008, 19 (colour illus.).

Annabel Pegus, Look, 'Resonance of colour and music: a parallel vision that reached out to another generation', pg. 12-13, Sydney, May 2002, 13 (colour illus.).

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

Daniel Thomas (Curator), Project 14: Roy de Maistre 1894-1968, Sydney, 1976. 46

Nick Waterlow, Colour in art: Revisiting 1919, 'Colour in Art -1919 and Now', pg. 8-11, Sydney, 2008, 8, 9 (colour illus.), 51 (colour illus.), 62.

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

Unknown, Concerning the Spiritual: The influence of the Theosophical Society on Australian Artists 1890-1934, ‘Science versus Spirit: Colour-Music in Sydney’, pg.122-153, North Melbourne, 2012, front cover (colour illus.), 82 (colour illus.). Note: front cover image is a detail. Colour plate pages in between pg. 82-83 are unnumbered.