Max MELDRUM, Four o'clock Enlarge 1 /1


27 Oxford Street, Edinburgh, Scotland 1875 – 24 Belmont Ave, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1955

  • Australia 1889-1900
  • France 1900-13
  • Australia from 1913
  • USA, Europe 1931

Four o'clock c.1910 Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Primary Insc: signed lower left in brown oil, 'Max Meldrum'. not dated.
Dimensions: 70.2 h x 96.3 w cm framed (overall) 917 h x 1185 w x 110 d mm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1970
Accession No: NGA 70.128

Disgruntled with the Paris art scene and the Academies, Max Meldrum – after making connections with a French painter from Rennes, in Brittany – spent increasing periods of time painting the life and landscape of this region.

The striking winter sunset captured in Meldrum’s Four o’clock reveals the influence of the work of Barbizon School painter Camille Corot in the grand Musée du Louvre, Paris. The luminosity in the background, simplified colour palette and flattening of the picture plane reveal the similarities in Meldrum’s approaches to those of Modernism – despite his vehemently anti-modernist sentiment.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013
From: Miriam kelly, Capital & Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1913, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013