'Norman Lindsay was one of the most influential, popular and controversial figures in Australian literature and art. The nude and masculinist conceptions of female sexuality were at the centre of Lindsay's aesthetic vision and his programme for an Australian renaissance. Male sexual liberation through the exploration of women's bodies was also an important aspect of his articulation of a national resistance to modernism as the product of metropolitan modernity. Lindsay's antimodernism was based on premodern styles and images increasingly divorced from historical time and national space. His nationalism was interwoven with his antimodernism; it was personal and contradictory and included criticism of the constraints placed on Australian writing by British publishers.'