Norman Lindsay's "Pantera" (etched circa 1922, published in 2016)

Norman Lindsay (1879-1969), artist, cartoonist, and writer, came from a family that produced five artists. Lindsay left home at sixteen to live with his brother in Melbourne. In 1901 he moved to his permanent home in the Blue Mountains, working for the Bulletin in an association that lasted almost to his death. His first novel was published in 1913, and by the 1920s he was both proficient and prolific in pen and ink drawing, etching, woodcuts, watercolours and sculpture. Lindsay rejected Christianity, and his art depicts Bohemianism and Arcadian pantheism madly admixed in a fantasy world. As early as 1904 his work was labelled blasphemous and deemed obscene. His frank renditions of female nudity and depictions of cavorting bacchanalia both scandalized and fascinated the conservative milieu and Australian bourgeoisie of his time. In 1930 his novel ‘Redheap’ was banned and the following year the police proceeded against an issue of Art and Australia that showcased his drawings. His enduring art, work and philosophical legacy remain popular with the art world, collectors and the general public alike. The original etching of Pantera was included in the book Idyllia by Hugh McCrae, published by the N.L. Press in 1922. Etched in 1920, it was one of five original etchings included in Idyllia. Pantera illustrates a poem of the same name which was dedicated to Rose Lindsay. Pantera is the first Facsimile Etching to be done from Idyllia, the fifth book in our series, which includes five original etchings. There are seven de luxe books in total which include original etchings. Reference: Norman Lindsay Etchings: Catalogue Raisonné (Odana Editions and Josef Lebovic Gallery, 2006, cat.80)

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