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Spirit Of The Plains

SPIRIT OF THE PLAINS

Accession ID:

1971.6

Name:

Spirit Of The Plains

Category:

Item

Type:

ArtWork

Maker:

Sydney Long

Date:

c1919

Description

Through harmonies of blues, a pan like girl leads a flock of brolgas in a dance that forms a gloriously complex curve set against a backdrop of receding groups of gum trees bathed in a misty ethereal light. The 1919 etching 'The Spirit of the Plains' is based on Long’s 1897 painting of the same name which is considered to be the most formally perfect work Sydney Long painted. Art Nouveau in style, Long sought to capture the lonely and primitive feeling of Australia and the communion between humankind and the natural and mythological world. He concentrates on the decorative qualities of his nature myth. His work is lyrical and provocative.


History

Tamworth Regional Gallery


Significance

Provenance: Purchased in 1971 by the then Tamworth City Council. Signature: L.C.C. - Sydney Long. Inscription: L.L.C. - 'C' . The etching was produced in two different impressions. The letter 'C' could mean that the etching in the Gallery’s Collection is a 'colour' proof of the 2nd state blue impression. Or that it is the last print of the first impression, sometimes known as the 'cancellation' print.


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