Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Inspector Adam Beard with the Norman Lindsay painting.

A rarely seen oil painting by legendary Australian artist Norman Lindsay recenty went on display at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery but who it belongs to is a mystery.

The painting Woman with Satyr is on loan to the Cowra Regional Art Gallery by the NSW Police as part of an ongoing tour to regional galleries. The painting was rediscovered in storage at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2010 and documents with it indicated NSW Police had lent the painting to the NSW Gallery in 1980. The painting came into the possession of the NSW police during the course of a criminal investigation.

In 2010 NSW Police launched ‘Operation Matisse’, to try and locate the owner of the artwork. During the operation, Police established the piece once belonged to a prominent art collecting family from Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. But that’s where the trail ran cold.

It is now presented for the purpose of public appreciation at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street until 21 July 2019.

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am–4pm, Sunday, 2pm–4pm.

Admission free.