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Oil painting of a woman with long, dark hair, parted at the centre.
The Artist’s Mother by Max Meldrum

The Melbourne artist Max Meldrum spent the years 1900 to 1912 in France. His sensitive portrait of his mother, painted in Melbourne in 1913, is clearly indebted to portraits by the old masters.

After his return to Australia, Meldrum began to teach a theoretical approach to painting, emphasising the importance of the precise recording of tonal values, that remained influential for many decades.

Max Meldrum, Australian Dictionary of Biography

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