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    These images belong to the Australian artist Tracey Moffatt’s nineteen-piece Laudanum, a series of photogravures embracing a turn-of-the-twentieth-century aesthetic in costume, character, setting, and medium. The title refers to a pain reliever and sedative commonly used in the nineteenth century. The medium, a combination of photography and etching, was likewise popular during this time. The narrative depicts the highly charged relationship between a white mistress and an Aboriginal servant involved in a sensual power struggle in which their roles often reverse.

    This text refers to these objects: ' 1999.80.3; 1999.80.7; 1999.80.8; 1999.80.13; 1999.80.14; 1999.80.17; 1999.80.19

    • Portfolio/Series: From the portfolio titled: "Laudanum"
    • Artist: Tracey Moffatt, Australian, born 1960
    • Medium: Photogravure
    • Dates: 1998
    • Dimensions: sheet: 30 1/8 x 22 3/4 in. (76.5 x 57.8 cm) image: 18 1/8 x 15 in. (46 x 38.1 cm)  (show scale)
    • Signature: Signed and dated lower right in graphite: "Tracey Moffatt '98"
    • Inscriptions: Each print is inscribed lower center in graphite: "Laudanum"
    • Collections:Contemporary Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 1999.80.19
    • Edition: Edition: 29/60
    • Credit Line: Alfred T. White Fund
    • Rights Statement: © Tracey Moffat. Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
    • Caption: Tracey Moffatt (Australian, born 1960). Laudanum, 1998. Photogravure, sheet: 30 1/8 x 22 3/4 in. (76.5 x 57.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Alfred T. White Fund, 1999.80.19. © Tracey Moffat. Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
    • Image: overall, 1999.80.19_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
    • Record Completeness: Best (85%)
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