- Other Titles
- Colour music
- (circa 1934)
- Media category
- Materials used
- gouache on piano roll
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
- 20th-century galleries (ground floor)
- Accession number
- © Roy de Maistre Estate
- Artist information
Roy de Maistre
Works in the collection
This painted piano scroll represents Roy de Maistre’s colour translation of Haydn’s ‘Trio in B flat’. In a work over five metres long, de Maistre corresponds the movements of the musical score with the energised patterning of his chromatic musical scale. Painted in London in the 1930s, it attests to the enduring influence of colour music theories on de Maistre’s practice.
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Project 14 - Roy de Maistre: 1894-1968 (1976), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Sep 1976–04 Oct 1976
Colour in Art - revisiting 1919, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington, 21 Aug 2008–27 Sep 2008
Sydney Moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 2013–07 Oct 2013
20th-Century galleries Rehang (Ground Level), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Aug 2022–2023
Referenced in 11 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
Niels Hutchison, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'De Maistre decoded', pg. 56-63, Sydney, 2013, 58-59 (colour illus.).
Annabel Pegus and Nick Waterlow, Colour in art: Revisiting 1919, Sydney, 2008, 53 (colour illus.).
Daniel Thomas AM (Curator), Project 14: Roy de Maistre 1894-1968, Sydney, 1976, (illus.). cat.no. 50
Daniel Thomas., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Painting's influence on literature', Sydney, 14 Sep 1976.
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), 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. 22
Editor Unknown (Editor), Sotheby's Melbourne: Important Australian Art, 24 November 2008, Australia, 2008, 106. NOTE: Related work titled 'Arrested movement from a trio'
Other works by Roy de Maistre
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