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Misty Moderns: Australian Tonalists 1915 - 1950

Misty Moderns: Australian Tonalists 1915 - 1950

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In 2008, The Art Gallery of South Australia staged the first major exhibition of the Australian tonalist painter, Max Meldrum and his school.

Accompanying the exhibition was this comprehensive book which illustrates, in colour, all the works in the show.

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.

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 book and exhibition also demonstrated 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 provided 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.

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