Norman Lindsay 'The Ragged Poet'

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Norman Lindsay, born into a family renowned for five accomplished artists, holds an iconic place in Australian history. His creative impact spanned a wide spectrum, from crafting the cherished childhood tale "The Magic Pudding" to creating daring, once-censored artworks. Lindsay's vision exuded vibrancy and defiance, traversing imagined worlds and real-life Australian landscapes. His creations hold immense value in Australian art, drawing enthusiasts into a captivating journey through artistic heritage. Lindsay remains a national icon, prominently featured in major public collections, sparking ongoing research, exhibitions, and discussions.

'The Ragged Poet' stands as a testament to Lindsay's technical brilliance, inviting observers into the essence of the poet—a central figure whose enchanting melody resonates amidst the delicate interplay of a fine veil draped over a nude form and the intricate textures of curtains, carpets, and gowns. This etching, faithfully reproduced by Odana Editions from Lindsay's original work in 1924, showcases his profound regard for poetry and literature.

In this portrayal, refined court ladies are captivated by the lyrical tunes of a wandering troubadour, transcending the opulence around them and the inherent beauty of their presence. Lindsay's hallmark inclusion of peacock feathers enriches the pieces symbolism.

The preliminary pencil drawing and five proofs for the original etching of 'The Ragged Poet' premiered in 1924 at the Fine Art Society. Copies of this esteemed artwork find a home at prestigious institutions like the National Trust Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Springwood and the Mitchell Library, Sydney. While the original etching debuted in 1924, this facsimile edition was released by Odana Editions in 1987, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity for documentation within your collection.

Norman LINDSAY (1879 - 1969)
'The Ragged Poet ' 1987
facsimile etching
Edition of 550
Image Size: 34 x 27 cm
Dimensions: 60 x 50 x 2 cm
Signed: Signed, titled and numbered in plate. Includes embossed publishers stamp in margin
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Comes with Certificate of Authenticity from Odana Editions

Norman Lindsay Etchings: Catalogue Raisonné (Odana Editions and Josef Lebovic Gallery, 2006, cat.255)

Condition: Excellent

(c) The Artist or Assignee