Rare first edition (Alexander McCubbin, 1919).
One of the most humble items (appearance-wise) in our collection, this is certainly a little gem.
Meldrum is remembered as a teacher – and his students included the editor of this book, Colin Colahan – but is often overlooked when discussing the greats of Australian art. Conspiracy theorists may well attach this ‘forgetfulness’ to the notoriety he received from his teachings and, in fact, for broadcasting them in this book.
Meldrum’s emphasis on tone and decree in this book that, using his methodology could make art a learnable science incited other artists to slash his artwork!
This context places Max Meldrum: His Art & Views in a position of importance within the realm of Australian art history.
Our copy goes even further with a beautiful gift inscription from South Australian artist [Mabel] May Grigg