Petrus van der Velden

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

Nor'western Sky

  • Gift of Jenny Wandl, Tricia Wood and Tim Lindley in honour of their grandfather, Harold Gladstone Bradley of Bradley Bros, Christchurch 2014
  • charcoal
  • 725 x 555mm
  • 2014/012
  • 1890

“‘Colour is light’ and there is no darkness at all – there is light or less light. In each part, even the darkest, there is some light and the difficulty is to get the different kinds of light showing in even quite small parts. There are no hard lines in nature – the light shines in and round everything and breaks all the hardness by modifying and diffusing the apparently sharp edges.” —Petrus van der Velden

(McCahon / Van der Velden, 18 December 2015 – 7 August 2016)