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Colour keyboard

(circa 1919)


Roy de Maistre

Australia, England

27 Mar 1894 - 01 Mar 1968



(circa 1919)

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Materials used

oil, pencil on cardboard


13.3 x 122.0; 14.9 x 123.3 x 1.8 cm frame


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


Not on display

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Artist information

Roy de Maistre

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 8 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 10 publications


Adam Geczy, Video Logic, 'Music + Video = I See Music', pg. 67-74, Sydney, 2008, 71 (colour illus.).

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

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

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, 297 (colour illus.).

Annabel Pegus and Nick Waterlow, Colour in art: Revisiting 1919, Sydney, 2008, 52-53 (colour illus.).

Daniel Thomas AM (Curator), Project 14: Roy de Maistre 1894-1968, Sydney, 1976. 47

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

Steven Tonkin, Sight & Sound: Music & abstraction in Australian art, 'Sight & Sound: Music & Abstraction in Australian Art', pg. 3-15, Melbourne, 2010, 4, 17.

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

Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Acquisitions for 1969', pg. 538, Sydney, Jul 1970, 542 (illus.). plate no. 23