Albert Rydge (1903 - 1971), Still Life Study: Dahlias in the Studio, 1953, Oil on Board


Albert Rydge (1903 - 1971)
"Still Life Study: Dahlias in the Studio", 1953
Oil on Board
60cm x 50cm
Framed: 76cm  x 65.5cm
Signed lower right

Verso:  Signed and dated in white chalk: "Still Life Study, Dahlias, in the Studio, Albert Rydge, Grosvenor Galleries 1953"

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Australian artist, Albert Rydge (1903-1971), was a student of Max Meldrum and an enthusiastic proponent of Meldrum's theory of art known as the 'science of appearances'. 

Rydge strove for an objective and truthful record of visual experience.  He believed that, through a scientific observation and analysis of tone and tonal relationships an artist could capture the exact appearance of a scene or subject.

This beautiful oil painting by Rydge is a wonderful example of his work - a study of light and dark.  The light masses of curling dahlia petals softly shift into the shadows of the artist's studio. 

The painting is signed on the lower right hand side.  It is framed in a modern, light coloured wood frame.

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Albert Rydge began his artistic career studying painting at John Farmer's Sydney Painting School in 1936.  During the late 1930s and 1940s he became a student of Max Meldrum, spending time at Meldrum's Kew studio both before and after World War II.  He became an enthusiastic proponent of Meldrum's scientific principles of painting - the 'science of appearances'.  He taught Meldrum's approach in art schools ...... Read More.

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