Misty Moderns: Australian Tonalism 1910-1950
9 May 2009 - 21 Jun 2009
The first major exhibition to tell the story of Australian tonalism, a movement which reached its peak during the inter-war period.
The exhibition featured around 80 works by artists such as Max Meldrum, Clarice Beckett, Percy Leason, Colin Colahan and many others, from collections all over Australia. In the introduction to the catalogue accompanying the exhibition Christopher Menz, director Art Gallery of South Australia, said "although representing a reactionary conservative force in art through the 1910s to 1940s that eschewed modernism, Meldrum and his tonalist style touched a wider range of artists more fully than has been previously recognised".
The exhibition was organised and toured by Art Gallery of South Australia and curated by Tracey Lock-Weir.
Image: Colin Colahan, Australia, 1897 - 1987, Ballet of Wind and Rain (detail), 1945, oil on canvas, 50.8 x 60.9 cm. Australian War Memorial, Canberra (ART25701) © Australian War Memorial.