Norman Lindsay's "Saraband" (etched circa 1937, published in 2009)

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. Saraband's original aquatint and etching was etched in 1937 in an edition of only 30 and was first exhibited in the 1958 David Jones' Art Gallery exhibition of two hundred original etchings. This was the largest exhibition of Norman Lindsay etchings held to date until the Art Gallery of Western Australia's exhibition of all two hundred published etchings in 2006. A sarabande is a Spanish dance in triple time and can be spelt with or without the 'e'.  This work has only been reproduced in one book prior to The Complete Etchings of Norman Lindsay which was the Angus & Robertson's 1973 volume Norman Lindsay: Two Hundred Etchings.  Reference: Norman Lindsay Etchings: Catalogue Raisonné (Odana Editions and Josef Lebovic Gallery, 2006, cat.356)

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