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The goddess and the aspidistra



Adrian Feint


29 Jun 1894 – 25 Apr 1971

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    wood engraving, printed in black ink on cream Japanese (kozo) paper
    20.5 x 17.9 cm blockmark; 26.8 x 22.1 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., pencil "Adrian Feint". Not dated.

    Purchased 1987
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Adrian Feint

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    Artist information
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  • About

    Adrian Feint was an illustrator, designer, printmaker and painter whose reputation was first established through his graphic work. He was a skilled book and magazine illustrator, creating covers for 'Art in Australia' and the 'Home' among other publications, and produced a significant oeuvre of bookplates, for which he became internationally known, with a well-received exhibition of them held at the Library of Congress, Washington in 1930. Feint made etchings in the early 1920s but later became more interested in woodcuts and wood engravings, the first of which he exhibited in 1927 while a student of design with Thea Proctor.

    Feint made two versions of 'The goddess and the aspidistra', in which decorative domestic objects have been arranged in an elegant and witty montage; the Gallery has the key and colour woodblocks for another version that is slightly larger in size, with subtle differences in imagery, such as the cloud forms in the sky. The print echoes the self-consciously tasteful imagery of Proctor's eclectic still life compositions, although it was made several years after they quarrelled, and may be a pointed comment on her work, rather than an affectionate homage.

    from Anne Ryan, 'Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, Sydney 2007

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

Other works by Adrian Feint

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