Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Creswick Museum

Creswick Museum

Pompey, 1930, oil on canvas, 64 x 74 cm

Last weekend Deborah and I paid a visit to Creswick, a small town outside of Ballarat. It was here that the famous Lindsay family grew up and the Creswick Museum has a room dedicated to them

Daryl Lindsay was Director of the National Gallery of Victoria from 1942-56. He was an excellent horse painter and received a number of commissions in that genre - Phar Lap was his most famous subject. Pictured above is Daryl's portrait of his horse Pompey. Since I've been engaged with horses in my own art for the last 4 years, I thought I'd share this image with you. It's a fabulous painting, clearly done by someone who admired horses and knew exactly how to paint them.

The Creswick Museum holds changing exhibitions on a regular basis. For a quick look at the museum, click HERE.

Although Norman Lindsay is best known, the art of the other family members is worth seeking out. The Art Gallery of Ballarat has fine examples of their work, which is displayed on a rotating basis, and a recreation of their living room is on permanent display. Incidentally, Daryl's wife Joan wrote the famous story Picnic at Hanging Rock. 

For more biographical information, click HERE