Australian artist Norman Lindsay’s best nude


I have always preferred this to most of his nudes because it does not have the rather kitsch orientalism of some or the strained and silly paganism of others. The girl looks natural and the hat and bangle set off her nakedness well.

Norman Lindsay (1879-1969)

The model for the above picture was a Miss Phyllis Silverwood. It was painted in 1948 and it is known as The Blue Hat.


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on March 31, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Do I detect a trend here? The subject of this post has pinned up hair too. She is very good looking, even by present day standards. In 1948, I think women were less willowy.


    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on March 31, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      The woman pictured spoke in later years about her experience modelling for Lindsay. She indicated that her breasts were not quite so generous in reality. Lindsay had used some artistic license.

      Norman Lindsay is one of those artists and writers whose lasting fame depends now on a work for children. That is, he is probably most widely known in Australia for the children’s book The Magic Pudding. It’s a very funny book.


      • Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on March 31, 2017 at 10:35 pm

        I do like coming back to this post and admiring the painting. In real life, while everyone likes nudes, they must be tough to sell. Where will you mount them?

        As for women with pinned up hair. Women in the US military are required to keep their hair off their collar. Aside from that, it isn’t done that much anymore.

        I think everyone is happy that he took artistic license.

      • Posted by Julian O'Dea on March 31, 2017 at 10:50 pm

        I think you could hang this at home. People mostly accept artistic female nudes. The female body is perceived as unthreatening.

      • Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on March 31, 2017 at 11:32 pm

        There is always going to be some cranky relative who will object. However, they were bound to find something.

      • Posted by fuzziewuzziebear on April 1, 2017 at 3:53 am

        I found another short haired brunette with a great set of pipes. I don’t think she gets out of Norway much. They must think that she is a national treasure.

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