Misty Moderns

Australian Tonalists 1910 -1950

The Art Gallery of South Australia is staging the first major exhibition of the Australian tonalist painter, Max Meldrum and his school. Despite being regarded as one of the most authorative teachers and theorists of the interwar period, the breadth of Meldrum’s influence is yet to be fully assessed.

Art Exhibition previously on at Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide precinct, South Australia, Australia.
From Friday 15 August 2008 to Sunday 19 October 2008

Hawthorn Tea Gardens image

Published by Art Gallery of South Australia on Tuesday 15 April 2008.
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With this is mind, in addition to the inclusion of works by his best-known followers such as Clarice Beckett, Percy Leason and Colin Colahan, this exhibition will also demonstrate the lesser-known influence of Meldrum’s ideas on the formative work of Australian modernists, such as Roy de Maistre, Roland Wakelin, Lloyd Rees, Arnold Shore and William Frater.

It is anticipated that this display will provide a long awaited and unprecedented opportunity to reevaluate Meldrum’s affect on the wider development of Australian modernism, and evaluate its bearing on successive generations of Australian painters.

This exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated comprehensive catalogue and will tour nationally to McClelland Gallery, the National Gallery of Australia, SH Ervin Gallery and the University of Queensland Art Gallery through 2008/09.

Curated by Tracey Lock-Weir, Curator of Australian Paintings & Sculpture

Event Cost (free/ticketed)
Adult $10
Concession $8
Members $6
Children (U16) FREE
Student 16 & over $6