De Maistre's work of the 1930s comprised mainly Surrealist paintings and renewed colour–music experiments, such as Arrested Phrase from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Red Major (1935; Canberra, N.G.). After 1940 he developed a decorative Cubist style. Following his conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1949 he concentrated on religious paintings (e.g. the Stations of the Cross, 1956; London, Westminster Cathedral), studio interiors (Interior with Lamp, 1953; London, Tate), flower paintings and portraits.
J. Rothenstein: ‘Roy de Maistre', Modern English Painters, ii: Lewis to Moore (London, 1956, rev. 2/1976), pp. 246–59, 329–30
Roy de Maistre: A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings, 1917–1960 (exh. cat., London, Whitechapel A.G., 1960)
H. Johnson: Roy de Maistre: The Australian Years, 1894–1930 (Sydney, 1988) [detailed bibliog.]
——: Roy de Maistre: The English Years 1930–1968 (Sydney, 1994) [detailed bibiliog.]
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