Rona Fleming

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1896, d.1976

Snowing at Cass

  • Purchased 1962
  • Reproduced with permission
  • Oil on hardboard
  • 581 x 770mm
  • 69/141
  • c. 1947
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Rona Fleming (née Thompson) was born in Christchurch and studied at the Canterbury School of Art. A member of both the Canterbury Society of Arts and the Group, an informal, but influential association of artists including Doris Lusk, Toss Woollaston, Rita Angus, Olivia Spencer Bower, Colin McCahon and Rata Lovell-Smith, she exhibited widely throughout New Zealand, specialising in Canterbury scenes. This sparkling landscape depicts a view of the Southern Alps from the Waimakariri river basin near Cass. The University of Canterbury had a field station at Cass, and it was favourite spot for artists. Fleming’s simplified style captures the chilly beauty of the alpine scene, as the fresh snow on the mountains is reflected in the gleaming water in the foreground.

(Turn, Turn, Turn: A Year in Art, 27 July 2019 – 8 March 2020)