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ERNEST LINDNER. Autumn, 1962. Edmonton Art Gallery Collection.

ERNEST FRIEDRICH LINDNER, b. Vienna, Austria, 1897, d. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1988. Lindner had no formal art training in Austria. He studied art in night classes under Augustus Kenderdine at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon following his migration to Canada in 1926. This may explain his early gravitation not only to watercolour but to watercolour in the English tradition. This tradition was adapted to more Central-European preoccupations in the '60s and '70s, when he began a series of large watercolours featuring decaying and regenerating vegetation -- often moss-covered stumps from the areas of muskeg near his summer home at Emma Lake. Lindner was an accomplished artist in watercolour, which was his primary medium (his later work in acrylic essentially carried watercolour technique onto canvas,)