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Petrus Van Der Velden: Art of Two Halves

Petrus Van Der Velden: Art of Two Halves

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  • Sat 11 Jun ’16, 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 21 Aug ’16, 10:00am – 4:30pm


Tauranga Art Gallery, Cnr of Wharf and Willow Streets, Tauranga


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Made up of paintings, sketches and journals this exhibition from Te Papa Tongarewa reveals the mastery of this early New Zealand painter. It showcases a number of works spanning the artists’ Dutch and New Zealand years, exploring his unique and highly dramatic approach to subject and theme.

When Petrus van der Velden arrived in New Zealand in 1890, he was already a mature artist with an established reputation in Dutch art circles. Vincent van Gogh described him as a ‘solid, serious painter’.

In the Netherlands, Van der Velden had focused on studies of everyday people but New Zealand’s majestic scenery inspired a dramatic change in subject and style. He turned his attention to capturing the rugged landscape in raw, expressive paintings.

“Wherever he went, he recorded his immediate impressions of peoples and places in pencil, charcoal, and ink. His pocket-sized sketchbooks, which are on show in the exhibition, reveal his skill in capturing the essence of his subject in just a few lines or strokes” says Dr Rebecca Rice, Te Papa’s Curator Historical New Zealand Art.

Van der Velden died in 1913. This exhibition, developed and toured by Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is dedicated to his memory and legacy. It also honours T L Rodney Wilson, an expert on Van der Velden’s work, who died in April 2013.

This exhibition has been generously supported by the Venetta Miles Trust.

Photo credit: Petrus van der Velden, Storm at Wellington Heads, about 1908, oil on canvas. Te Papa (1936-0012-115)

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