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.
- 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
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)