NORMAN LINDSAY (1879 - 1969) original figure drawing titled "Nude Study". Beautifully drawn (pencil on paper) nude female by Norman Lindsay, showcasing his great talent and a glimpse into the workings of one of the most talented, controversial and highly collected Australian artists mind. The drawing is 26 x 15cm in size and is set behind glass, has some foxing and some folds (creases), is initialled lower right, and is in very good condition for its age. The ornate timber gold frame is 57 x 47cm and of period with Bloomfield Galleries certificate of authenticity on back and is in excellent condition.
Size of drawing: 26 x 15cm
Size of frame: 57 x 47cm
Pencil on paper
Norman Lindsay painter, printmaker, illustrator, sculptor and cartoonist was born on 22 February 1879 in Creswick, Victoria. Lindsay was one of ten children, all were in a visual culture by their grandfather, the Rev Thomas Williams, and their mother, in which five of the ten children became artists. Lindsay early drawings were published in the Creswick Grammar school paper. Lindsay left home at the age of sixteen to live with his brother in Melbourne in 1896 and produced his first signed drawings which appeared in the Free Lance, a short lived publication which mimicked Sydney's Bulletin. Lindsay took over the Hawklet in his own name in which was acted as Lionel (older brother) ghost for illustrations early that year, as well as decorated pages and drew political cartoons for Labor publication. Through 1897 to 1897 Lindsay was involved in a number of illustrations and publication and in 1899 began a romance with Catherine (Kate) Angatha Parkinson and was married on 23 May 1900 in Melbourne after her pregnancy with Jack their eldest son and after two more children (Raymond and Philip) they divorced in 1918. In 1901 moved north to make his permanent home in the Blue Mountains. Lindsay continued to work for the Bulletin in an association for most of his life. In 1904 his work was deemed blasphemous and in 1913 his first novel was published. Lindsay's classic The Magic Pudding was published in 1918 which is just as popular today, and by the 1920's Lindsay was both proficient and prolific in watercolours, pen and ink drawing, etching, woodcuts and sculpture. Lindsay art depicts Bohemianism and Arcadian pantheism in a fantasy world which shows his rejection for Christianity.
Lindsay later married Rose Soady, also his business manager and also one of his models and she was the printer for most of his etchings. They had two daughters (Jane and Helen). In 1930 his novel Redheap was banned and the police the following year proceeded against an issue of Art and Australia that showcased his art. Lindsay's work remained popular with collectors even though there were many critics and controversy, he is still highly collectible even today.
Lin Bloomfield founded Bloomfield Galleries in 1973 in Sydney, the first at Crows Nest and 1975 to 1994 in Paddington. The gallery exhibited up-and-coming as well as established artists with solo and group exhibitions. Major exhibitions included Norman Lindsay, Frank Hinder, Ralph Balson, Bill Pidgeon and Vincent Brown. Represented artist by the gallery were Jeremy Gordon, Angus Nivison, Hadyn Wilson, Liz Cumming, Charlie Cooper, Barry Otto and Ruth Faeber.
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