The Lake [Narrabeen]. Sydney Long, 1871–1955 Aust.
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The Lake [Narrabeen]

1929. Etching and aquatint, editioned 3/60, titled and signed in pencil in lower margin, 26.7 x 26.3cm. Slight foxing and old tape stains to margins.

Image held in the National Gallery of Australia with alternate title “Moonrise on the Lake.”

“In paintings and etchings of this period, the lake is a recurring theme for Long, with his favoured motifs of mirrored reflections and windswept trees appearing time and again within his decorative compositions. Dark, velvety shadows, described by watery aquatint, mark out the foreground of this twilight scene. Looking across Narrabeen Lakes from present day Wheeler Park, the view takes in the small mound of the uninhabited island that slices into the right of the composition, and the distant hills of North Narrabeen and Elanora Heights. Immediately behind the artist was a newly built bridge, which separated the mouth of the lake from Narrabeen beach. The richly hatched foliage of the trees vibrates with the suggestion of a gentle breeze coming up off the ocean at day’s end.”

“With the extension of the tramline to Narrabeen in 1913, the region surrounding the lake became popular with holidaymakers, and a camping ground was established on the north side of the lagoon. Long maintained a small camp along the lakeside, with a caravan and boatshed housing a wooden rowing boat. Some of his students, to whom he taught etching, would occasionally be invited to join him. Seeking respite from the bustling suburbs of Sydney’s lower North Shore, the artist basked in the serenity and natural beauty of the Northern Beaches.”

“A copy of the etching was possibly first exhibited in 1929 at the ‘Ninth annual exhibition of the Australian Painter–Etchers’ Society’, Sydney, 18–30 November (#96, as ‘The lake’, aquatint). An artist’s proof is held by the Art Gallery of NSW and a copy of the print is held by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.” Ref: Emma Kindred, exhibition Sydney Long: The Spirit of the Land, NGA, 2012.

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Item #CL203-39

Price (AUD): $2,650.00  other currencies

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