Alfredton, Victoria, Australia 1880 – London, England 1938
Our ultra moderns: "Sometimes I feel like chucking it all and going in for art!".
Collection Title: Our ultra moderns
Place made: New York, New York, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper drypoint, printed in black ink with plate-tone, from one plate Support: paper
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression
Edition: edition unknown
Will Dyson, brother-in-law of Norman and Lionel Lindsay, spent much of his life in England where his cartoons for the Daily Herald were acclaimed for their biting sarcasm, as were the lithographs commissioned by the Australian government during the First World War. Dyson returned to Australia in 1925 and, in the next five years before his return to England, produced a series of prints criticising social injustices and prejudices. In his drypoint Our ultra moderns ‘Sometimes I feel like chucking it all in and going in for art!’, he attacked artists who felt they had to respond to the current artistic fashion, in this case distorted figurative painting.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002