Pont Neuf, Max Meldrum and Me

The Pont Neuf in Paris, France. Taken in Augus...
The Pont Neuf in Paris, France. Taken in August 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

French Tonal Impressionism is the painting method that was invented here in Paris by Australian Max Meldrum between 1900 to 1913.

This method was taught to me in Chicago by Dominic Vignola.

Vignola was taught by Artist Joseph Allworthy

Allworthy was taught by Max Meldrum

I’ve been painting here in Paris in this method in sort of a Centennial tribute.

Since the time I was here in 2006 there was very little knowledge of this artist or this method.

Very few resources on the Internet were available about Meldrum.

But I am noticing a rapid change in sentiment.

I notice more and more New Realist exhibitions opening in Paris and the surrounding neighborhoods.

I think people are tired. Picasso’s work and that of Modern Art is often flat and ugly.

Meldrum had no affection for this type of art. And neither really do I.

Flat and ugly are out. Depth and beauty is in.

Here is Pont Neuf by Max Meldrum ‘en plein air’.

Max Meldrum’s Pont Neuf

One hundred years later here is ‘Pont Neuf‘ using the same French Tonal Impressionist method painted by yours truly ‘en plein air’ as well.

Pont Neuf by Liam Gallegos
Pont Neuf by Liam Gallegos

Here is a video on Max Meldrum.

Here is a promotional video I did about French Tonal Impressionism.

With this method, ANYONE can learn to paint and if you follow the rules you get results fast.

If you want to learn this method contact me in the form below at your convenience 😀

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An Orgy Of Movement In Sensual Celebration

English: human mind for performance psychology...
The human mind.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Where the human mind was revered as a critical source of inspiration in the Contemporary Art of the last Millennium, French Tonal Impressionism takes a departure which reflects the dawn of a new knowledge and understanding we now have about everything.

We are not merely observers of reality but participants.

There is a formless stuff from which all things are made.

And our preciously small sensory perception is the boundary condition where we interact with a void seething with activity.

The act of painting in this style is an orgy of movement in sensual celebration of our moment in this space and time.

When painting from a photo it is customary to turn the picture upside down to further enhance the raw sensation of being immersed in the subtleties of tone which gives us the perception of 3 dimensions.

French Tonal Impressionism:

  • Always paint against the form.
  • Squint to assess dark and light areas.
  • When in doubt blur it out.
  • Keep it as loose as you can for as long as you can.
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