- Gifted by R D Thomas to the Canterbury Society of Arts, 1902 and presented to the Gallery in 1932
- Oil on canvas
- 940 x 1195 x 45mm
Edmund Gouldsmith held a part-time position as art master at Christ’s College, Christchurch from 1886 and was a working and exhibiting member of the Canterbury Society of Arts before returning to England in 1889. Here Gouldsmith observes how light can enter shaded spaces through reflective surfaces such as a winding brook or a pool acting like a mirror laid flat. The grasses at the water’s edge and sky above are represented below in a poetic manner, the illusion disrupted in a frozen moment by a rippled ring on the water’s surface.
(Endless Light, 29 June 2019 – 8 March 2020)