Saturday, 2 June 2007

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Cafe

We had a relaxing morning at our favourite cafe. It just happens to be an award-winning restaurant/cafe in the grounds of a heritage listed property owned by the National Trust, the Norman Lindsay Gallery. Its a favourite spot as we had our wedding photo's taken in the beautiful grounds.

"Norman Alfred William Lindsay (1879-1969)Prolific illustrator, painter, sculptor, author and scale modeller, Lindsay is widely regarded as one of Australia's greatest artists".
"Norman was one of ten children of Dr and Mrs Charles Lindsay, of Creswick, Victoria. Remarkably, five of their progeny became artists of distinction. From an early age, Norman showed an outstanding ability to draw. He became the principal cartoonist for the Bulletin magazine, fought many controversies against "wowsers", particularly defending his right to paint the nude, wrote novels and children's books including "The Magic Pudding" and also made ship models and garden sculptures.
His major work was, however, the torrent of pen drawings, etchings, watercolours and oil paintings, all of which are well represented at "Springwood" (the Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum).,com_wrapper/Itemid,76/
His artwork is widely collected and many works reside within private and corporate collections. His art continues to climb in value today. In 2002, a record price was attained by his oil painting, Spring's Innocence, which sold to the National Gallery of Victoria for $AU333,900.

His sumptuous nudes were highly controversial, and in 1939, several were burned by irate wowsers in the United States who discovered them when the train in which they traveled caught fire. Interestingly enough, Norman had actually sent them to the United States to protect them from the impending War!
Lindsay also created a scandal when his novel "Redheap" was banned due to censorship laws. Many of his novels have a frankness and vitality that matches his art.Sam Neill played a fictionalized version of Norman Lindsay in John Duigan's movie "Sirens" (1994), set and filmed primarily within the Gallery grounds. James Mason and Helen Mirren starred in "Age of Consent" (1969), Michael Powell's adaptation of Lindsay's 1935 novel".

The morning tea's and lunches are amazing - this is the apple & rhubarb crumble with home-made vanilla icecream. Just couldn't quite squeeze it all in; good job there's a good bushwalk within the grounds!

Lindsay was associated with a number of poets, such as Kenneth Slessor and Hugh McCrae, influencing them in part through a philosophical system outlined in his book Creative Effort. He also illustrated the cover for the seminal Henry Lawson book, "While the Billy Boils". Lindsay's son, Jack Lindsay, emigrated to England, where he set up Fanfrolico Press, which issued works illustrated by Lindsay.


rhonda jean said...

Hello Lisa! My sister lives just around the corner from the old Lindsay home. It's a beautiful place.

Love your blog.

....Lisa said...

Hi Rhonda Jean,
It is a lovely spot here in the Mountains. Thanks for your comments!