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1st Edition (Standard)
Edition: 500
312 pages
30.0 x 24.3 cm page size
Essay: Norman Lindsay
Publisher:  Odana Editions
Hardcover, dustjacket, colour and black and white

Over a period of seventy years Australian artist Norman Alfred Williams Lindsay (1879–1969) painted rare and wonderful watercolours. One hundred and thirty-five featured watercolours are reproduced in this volume together with over twenty supplementary watercolours and over one hundred and twenty additional works in a variety of media.

Sixteen public galleries across every state and territory in Australia are represented as well as a selection of watercolours from private collection.

These watercolours are a microcosm of his inspiration. Norman was an aesthete who rarely found his material in the reality of the present but in a spiritual return to times past. Apart from the nudes and portraits he painted from life, he garnered the content of his art from many sources. These include his own imaginings; the writers, poets and composers he most admired; his keen sense of humour; piracy and the Spanish Main; Greek and Roman mythology; the Bible; the hypocrisy of the times in which he lived and his abhorrence of war. All are represented here.

The importance of this major addition to Lindsay literature for all lovers of Lindsay’s art will be immediately apparent.

Lin Bloomfield
Author, art gallery director and publisher, Lin Bloomfield is an acknowledged expert on the works of Norman Lindsay. Her long association with the Lindsay family began in 1960 and continues to the present day. Apart from the visual arts, Lin's other major interests include Middle Eastern politics, archaeology and travel. In 1973 Lin founded Bloomfield Galleries in Sydney, first at Crows Nest and then in Paddington from 1975 to 1994.

In the 1970s, Lin was a member of the Labor Party's Media Advisory Committee and was later a government appointee to the Board of Governors of the NSW Institute of the Arts. During the 1980s, Lin also served as Chair of both the Australian Commercial Galleries Association and the National Trust (NSW) Norman Lindsay Gallery Advisory Committee. In 1989 she was awarded a Fellowship of the New South Wales Institute of the Arts in recognition of her 'outstanding contribution to Education and the Arts'.

Books as author and editor
1978 - Frank Hinder: Lithographs
1978 - L. Roy Davies: Wood Engravings
1979 - The World of Norman Lindsay (contributor and editor) (2nd edition 1983; 3rd edition 1995)
1980 - Vincent Brown: Life and Work
1984 - Norman Lindsay: Impulse to Draw (2nd edition 1994; reprinted 1996)
1998 - The Complete Etchings of Norman Lindsay
1999 - Norman Lindsay Etchings: Catalogue Raisonne (reprinted 2006)
2003 - Norman Lindsay: Watercolours 1897 - 1969
2006 - Norman Lindsay: Oil Paintings 1889-1969

2008 - Norman Lindsay: 80 Years of Pencil Drawing

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