Petrus van der Velden

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

Head Of A Girl - “Bubbles”

  • Lottie Mathews bequest, 1964
  • Oil on wood panel
  • 595 x 435mm
  • 69/150

For the exhibition I See Red (5 December 2007 - 23 November 2008) this work was displayed with the following label: Another one from the heart: red is blood and red is life. Beneath the surface of our skin, tiny veins and capillaries send the red stuff racing around inside us, constantly replenishing and healing, feeding us with life. Pinch your cheeks and find proof – see if you match the bright rosy cheeks of Petrus van der Velden’s Bubbles child.