Asters. Lionel Lindsay, 1874–1961 Aust.
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Asters

1937. Wood engraving, signed in block lower left and in pencil in lower margin, 10.2 x 14.6cm. Minor paper loss and crinkles to margins.

Ref: Mendelssohn #78. Image held in the National Gallery of Victoria.

Graphic artist, writer, and art critic Sir Lionel Lindsay “shared with his siblings an early obsession with drawing and printmaking. His art was the product of the great flowering of Australian ‘black & white’ art that developed around the turn of the twentieth century with such illustrated magazines as The Bulletin and The Lone Hand. Lindsay began making woodcuts and etchings but his preferred medium was wood engraving. His reputation as a printmaker reached its height in the 1920s when he was taken up by the leading London fine print dealer Colnaghi. Handsome and a great conversationalist, he was a strong and influential champion of a set of strongly held and individualistic views. Among his voluminous art writing (mostly in journals) there are two noteworthy books: A Consideration of the Work of Ernest Moffit, 1899, notable as the first monograph on an artist to be published in Australia, and Addled Art, 1943, notorious as the most strident...attack on modern art ever to be produced in this country. Lindsay was a long-serving Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW and was a great traveller, besotted from an early age with Spain...He was knighted in 1941.” Ref: National Portrait Gallery.

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Item #CL202-42

Price (AUD): $990.00  other currencies

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