Norman Alfred Williams Lindsay (Australian, 1879-1969) 'The Sisters'
Lot 543W
Norman Alfred Williams Lindsay (Australian, 1879-1969) 'The Sisters'
Sold for AU$ 288,000 (US$ 269,537) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Norman Alfred Williams Lindsay (Australian, 1879-1969)
'The Sisters'
signed 'NORMAN LINDSAY' (lower right) and partially signed 'NORM' (lower left); inscribed 'SISTERS (COLOUR)' (on label verso); bears AGWA exhibition labels (verso)
oil on canvas
115.5 x 100cm (45 1/2 x 39 3/8in).

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  • PROVENANCE:
    Sale, Christie's, Melbourne, 11 March 1971, lot 154, sold for $8,200 (buyer Lapin)
    Dennis Gowin of Kevin Dennis Motors, purchased privately circa 1973 for in excess of $40,000
    Collection of Alan Bond
    Eileen Bond, 1990

    EXHIBITED:
    Perth, The Western Australian Art Gallery, Collectors Pride, 3-26 June 1977, cat. no. 61

    LITERATURE:
    Norman Lindsay, Paintings in Oil, The Shepherd Press, Sydney, 1945, illustrated pl. 10
    Terry Ingram, 'Saleroom', The Australian Financial Review, 25 October 1973, illustrated
    Lin Bloomfield, Norman Lindsay: oil paintings 1889-1969, Bungendore, 2006, illustrated, pp.200-201

    The present lot was painted in 1943, and at least two preparatory studies are known: one wash and one in pencil (both illustrated in Bloomfield 2006, p.200). The model on the right was Alda, a Parsee Indian. When the painting sold at Christie's in 1971, it fetched a world-record price for the artist. It caused a sensation when it sold for over $40,000 just over two years later:

    "Allegorical figures, a peacock, doves, jackal and vultures, accompany two full frontal nudes, one black and one white. The use of allegory, and a dash of humour - the white woman with doves and peacock has the look of a whore about her while the black woman, with jackal and vultures, is unconvincing in her ferocity and bears almost a benign expression - is more characteristically Lindsay...The rarity of his oils (he was not prolific in this medium) should ensure a strong continuing demand for the most accomplished works, such as Sisters." (Ingram 1973)
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