Norman Lindsay “The Dream Merchant” ( 1st Edition ) (etched circa 1926, published in 2010)


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Product Details Limited Edition of 550, Facsimile Etching, 20.3x25.3cms
Weight 5.1 kg
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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.  This Norman Lindsay "The Dream Merchant" ( 1st Edition ) was pulled in two editions, from the same plate, were issued. Norman etching the 1st Edition (above) which showed a female figure on the left. In this etching, Norman believed that the focus was in two places — both on the nude to the left and also to the centre where the Dream Dwarf commands the attention of the surrounding women. Norman felt that the focus should only be at the centre of the etching and so reworked the plate and changed the female on the left into a curtain. Looking carefully at a print of the The Dream Merchant (2nd Edition), you can still see her necklace visible in the folds of the curtain. The Dream Merchant (2nd Edition) was published as a Facsimile Etching in 1997. It is extremely hard to rework a plate in this manner but Norman considered his 2nd Edition worthy of publishing and so Rose printed fifty original etchings of this edition. An original etching of the 1st Edition is exceptionally rare as only six prints were pulled. Reference: Norman Lindsay Etchings: Catalogue Raisonné (Odana Editions and Josef Lebovic Gallery, 2006, cat.202).  Thank you for viewing our Norman Lindsay "The Dream Merchant" ( 1st Edition ).
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