Norman Lindsay's "The Mantilla" (etched circa 1925, published in 2011)

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 Mantilla by Norman Lindsay was an original etching released in 1925 to a edition of 35 only, it is now that the release of the Facsimile etching The Mantilla with an image size of 17.5 x 14cm is being released to a limit of 550 only. The original works is referenced in the Norman Lindsay Etchings: Catalogue Raisonne cat 264, The Mantilla is a dry point and etching etched in 1925, the original etching was shown for the first time at the Grosvenor Galleries. This release of the Facsimile etching shows clearly how the beauty of the dry point technique makes the works of Norman Lindsay seem so rich in colour and detail. A Mantilla is often known as a Spanish woman's scarf used to cover there hair head and shoulders. The Mantilla was reproduced in a book prior to the book 'The Complete Etchings of Norman Lindsay' in 1973 by Angus and Robinson titled 'The Two Hundred Etchings'. Reference: Norman Lindsay Etchings: Catalogue Raisonné (Odana Editions and Josef Lebovic Gallery, 2006, cat.264)

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