Penshurst, Victoria, Australia 1893 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1972
The man in black.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper linocut, printed in colour inks, from multiple blocks Support: cream parchment paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer’s mark.
Edition State: published state
Edition: edition of 50; plus state proofs and experimental proofs
The early 1920s and 1930s were years of professional acclaim for both Napier Waller and his wife Christian. Napier had become a successful mural and mosaic artist and printmaker. In his linocut self-portrait The man in black, he posed himself in front of his commissioned mural for the State Library of Victoria. Christian published her book The Great Breath: A book of seven designs in 1932, containing a series of linocuts that received an enthusiastic response, and in 1929–30 they travelled together to England and Europe to study stained-glass design and production.
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