Charles Frederick Goldie
New Zealander, b.1870, d.1947
Ina te Papatahi, A Ngapuhi Chieftainess 1902
Ina Te Papatahi was one of Charles Goldie’s favourite models and this is one of his earliest portraits of her. Goldie specialised in painting realistic portraits of Māori. He sought out elderly subjects, particularly those wearing traditional moko (facial tattoo). With thin glazes of oil paint on finely grained canvas, and using fine brushes, Goldie shows great skill in depicting the wrinkled skin, the hair and the gauzy thinness of Ina Te Papatahi’s yellow scarf.
Born in Auckland, Goldie was the son of a prosperous timber merchant. He began exhibiting at the Auckland Society of Arts when he was 15 and still at school. He studied with the professional painter Louis J. Steele in Auckland before leaving for Paris to study at the Académie Julian. On his return to Auckland in 1898 he began to specialise in Māori portraits. In 1920 Goldie went to Sydney but alcoholism and ill health prompted his return to New Zealand in 1922.
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Presented by the family of James Jamieson, 1932
Oil on canvas
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