Gottfried Lindauer (1839–1926) and Charles F Goldie (1870-1947) are New Zealand’s most renowned colonial portrait painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Their portraits continue to captivate viewers today as much as they did when they were first created more than 100 years ago.
These portraits are cherished and celebrated by descendant communities, and their ongoing involvement with the portraits has provided a rich layer of knowledge and narrative that continues to add to the importance of these images. In this regard, descendant communities have contributed to a new way of viewing these paintings as living portraits with living connections to people today. 'Living Portraits: Mata Raurangi' engages with Aotearoa New Zealand’s cultural heritage and the importance of people, while offering new insights and perspectives on historical portraits made anew by the contemporary art expressions of descendants today.
This is a must-see exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery.
Image: Gottfried Lindauer Eru Tamaikoha Te Ariari 1903 oil on canvas Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915
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