Petrus van der Velden

Netherlands / Aotearoa New Zealand / Australia, b.1837, d.1913

Canterbury landscape with a nor’west sky

  • Purchased, 2002
  • Oil on canvas
  • 735 x 1106 x 105mm
  • 2002/237
  • c. 1896

Petrus van der Velden’s nor’west sky stretches across the landscape in dirty greys, apricot whites and a slither of pink to converge above a dark and scraggy landscape. You can sense the earth exists beyond van der Velden’s frame, and his expressive gestures reveal layers of paint and even the canvas texture below. The effect is to capture the sense of drama and exposure one feels at particular times along the Canterbury Plains.

(Endless Light, 29 June 2019 – 8 March 2020)