From the rare Australian art book 'Norman Lindsay's Favourite Etchings' (published 1977 by Angus and Robertson, Sydney), comes this deceptively innocent and alluring book plate.
It features one of his favourite regular models, posed in a gorgeous ball gown. The expression in her huge eyes belies the innocent pose. She is rendered in black against a background of yellow wash.
Entitled 'Dangerous', it was issued as a limited edition etching by Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) c1919 and according to the Norman Lindsay Trust it has not been part of any Limited Edition facsimile etching issue..making this 1970's book plate rather rare.
One of Australia's most renowned and iconic artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Lindsay's work has been compared to Aubrey Beardsley. While the two were contemporaries and they both centred their work around eroticism..Lindsay was far more illustrative and his beauteous, curvaceous models were renowned world wide. He worked in mostly black and white and preferred the etching medium. In 1919 he was quoted as saying 'etching is a fine medium for the element of mystery'. A collection of Art Nouveau work would not be complete without a Lindsay.
Measuring 11 1/2" x 8 1/2" full sheet, the image is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and with wide margins is perfect for framing. Printed on good quality cream book paper it is blank verso except for the title of the plate on the opposite page and the Vintage condition is very good.
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