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.
sheet: 30 1/8 x 22 3/4 in. (76.5 x 57.8 cm)
image: 11 1/4 x 19 1/8 in. (28.6 x 48.6 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated lower right in graphite: "Tracey Moffatt '98"
Each print is inscribed lower center in graphite: "Laudanum"
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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, 1999.80.3. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.80.3_PS1.jpg)
overall, 1999.80.3_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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