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of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

November 21, 2016

November 21, 1879

Norman Lindsay (February 22, 1879 to November 21, 1969) was an Australian artist revered in his homeland and deserving of more global attention.  We learn:

Norman Lindsay...., artist, cartoonist, and writer, came from a family that produced five artists. Lindsay left home when he was sixteen to live with his brother in Melbourne. In 1901 he moved north to make his permanent home in the Blue Mountains, working for the Bulletin in an association that lasted almost to his death.The Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge... displays the work of artist and writer .... Run by the National Trust, the sandstone cottage and landscaped grounds are open 7 days a week and there is a specialist gift shop and cafe.

His first novel was published in 1913, and by the 1920s he was both proficient and prolific in pen and ink drawing, etching, woodcuts, watercolours and sculpture. Lindsay rejected Christianity, and his art depicts Bohemianism and Arcadian pantheism madly admixed in a fantasy world.

As early as 1904 his work was deemed blasphemous; in 1930 his novel
Redheap was banned and the following year the police proceeded against an issue of Art and Australia that showcased his art. There were many critics of Lindsay’s work but he remained popular with collectors, and ... is still just as popular with today's younger generation.

Lindsay's novels include:

Curate in Bohemia (1913)
Redheap 1930 (banned til 1961)
Miracles by Arrangement (1932)
Saturdee (1932)
Pan in the Parlour (1933)
The Cautious Amorist (1934) (banned)
Age of Consent (1938)
Cousin from Fiji (1945)
Halfway to Anywhere (1947)
Dust or Polish (1950)
Rooms and Houses (1968)

Norman Lindsay is the artist who created this charming spoof of Michaelangelo's "The Creation of Adam."

What is not to love above, and here in the photo below.

If you are as intrigued by this artist as I, then keep this link to a chronology of his life.

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