- c. 1928
- Purchased 1969
- 255 x 346mm
- View on google maps
About the artist
Margaret Stoddart, from The Weekly Press 9 June 1909
Margaret Stoddart developed a considerable reputation in New Zealand for her plein air landscapes and flower paintings. She was a founding member of Christchurch’s Palette Club in 1889, promoting plein-air painting with its members. Blossom, Worcester St Bridge is a view of the Avon river, looking upstream, and reveals Stoddart’s interest in recording the effects of bright sunlight on trees, water and architecture. Freely applied washes of watercolour contrast strongly with the vivid white gouache used for the blossoms, capturing the intensity of the light.
Born at Diamond Harbour, near Christchurch, Margaret Stoddart received part of her early education in Edinburgh, Scotland. Returning to New Zealand aged 14, she was an early student at the newly opened Canterbury College School of Fine Art. In 1897 she travelled again to England where she saw the works of the English Impressionists and the plein-air paintings of the artists working with the Newlyn School in Cornwell. Having already achieved some success for her own painting with works hung at the Royal Academy in London and at the Paris Salon, Margaret Stoddart returned to New Zealand in 1906 and, apart from a trip to Australia and Tahiti in about 1926, she remained there for the rest of her life.
(Turn, Turn, Turn: A Year in Art, 27 July 2019 – 8 March 2020)