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Max Meldrum, 1951

Graeme Inson

oil on masonite (frame: 114.5 cm x 99.0 cm, support: 91.0 cm x 76.0 cm)

Max Meldrum (1875-1955), artist and teacher, studied at the NGV School before beginning work as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. He won the NGV Travelling Scholarship in 1900, and painted in Paris and Brittany for thirteen years before returning to Melbourne. In 1916 he founded an art school in the city, and many students from the NGV school left it to join Meldrum's. They were the first of many generations of Australian artists known as 'Meldrumites', who were indoctrinated in what Meldrum believed to be the 'invariable truths of depictive art' and the 'science of appearance' relating to tonal and space relations between objects.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Shirley Greathead 2009
© Estate of Graeme Inson

Accession number: 2009.113

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Graeme Inson (age 28 in 1951)

Max Meldrum (age 76 in 1951)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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