Joan Lindsay gave voice to the Australian gothic. While she is best known for her enigmatic novel ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, her creative life began as a painter, studying under the father of Australian Impressionism Frederich McCubbin. Before she could achieve recognition however, she married Daryl Lindsay, the eventual director of the National Gallery of Victoria. Sir Lindsay discouraged his wife’s practice, urging her to instead write and garden. This unwillingness to recognise a woman’s artistry was not unique to him, but rather endemic to society at large.
Quietly, Lady Lindsay continued to paint. Stationed at Mulberry Hill she wrote, gardened and created fine art. In 1969, the year before ‘Three Birds’ was painted, Joan and Daryl Lindsay were involved in a car accident. While Sir Lindsay escaped unscathed, Lady Lindsay (then 73) sustained severe injuries and spent some time in extensive care at the Ballarat Base Hospital. With this in mind, the subject of ‘Three Birds’ is poignant. Perhaps symbols of hope or rebirth, these doves are evocations of beauty; signs of life that persist no matter the environment. Here, they group together – silhouettes in a transition from unaware to knowing.
In a blushing palette of reds, pinks and purples, ‘Three Birds’ is a swansong sung after a traumatic event. It is rich with story, history and persisting cultural significance. For collectors of animal imagery, important female artists and those invested in the telling of history, let Lindsays ‘Three Birds’ soar into your collection.
Joan LINDSAY (1896 - 1984)
'Three Birds' 1970
oil on board
Image Size: 32 x 34 cm
Signed: Signed lower right Joan Lindsay and dated 70
Comes with Letter of Provenance
minor age and wear to the paint surface
Availability: in stock
Condition:Good: Describes the average used work of art where the image is in Fine condition. The margin may need to be framed out due to markings, corner wear, dog ear, small tears or if framed, the frame may have minor damage.
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