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Laudanum

Tracey Moffatt

Contemporary Art

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.
MEDIUM Photogravure
DATES 1998
DIMENSIONS sheet: 30 1/8 x 22 3/4 in. (76.5 x 57.8 cm) image: 18 1/2 x 15 1/8 in. (47 x 38.4 cm)
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 1999.80.7
EDITION Edition: 29/60
CREDIT LINE Alfred T. White Fund
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