Ernest Lindner

About the Artist

Ernest Lindner was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1897, the thirteenth child born to his German parents. By the time Ernest was born, his father was operating a thriving business, employing close to 300 craftsmen who produced high-fashion canes and parasol handles.


In spite of his large family and all the activity around him, Lindner remembered his childhood as a lonely one. At age seven he contracted diphtheria, and during his slow recovery he drew and painted. It was his earliest memory of any interest in art.

Lindner was an indifferent student at school but he loved to escape from the urban bustle to the Vienna Woods on the outskirts of the city. He and his eldest sister’s son would spend days wandering in the woods, creating alternate worlds of their own.

In 1915, during World War I, Lindner volunteered to join a mountaineer regiment of the Austrian Army, but ended up serving as a Flight Lieutenant for the German Air Force, and was eventually awarded a medal for his service. He was wounded in the leg during his tour, but recovered and rejoined his regiment before the war ended in 1918.

Lindner immigrated with his parents to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in 1926, where he received his first formal art training in night classes at the University of Saskatchewan led by Augustus Kenderdine. Lindner is best known for his watercolours, many of which were inspired by his love of nature, particularly the natural settings near his summer home at Emma Lake. Lindner once described the beautiful landscape around Emma Lake to Kenderdine, who then persuaded the University of Saskatchewan to establish the annual Emma Lake Artists Workshop there.

Ernest Lindner died in 1988 at the age of 91.

Dan Ring - On Ernest Lindner
Dan Ring - On Lindner’s Saturday Nights
Degen Lindner - High School Art Teacher
Degen Lindner - Lindner was in Love with Nature
Degen Lindner - Loneliness and Boredom
Degen Lindner - Saturday Nights
Degen Lindner - The Saskatchewan Arts Board
Ernest Lindner Cherry Films 1974
Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning