John Weeks

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1886, d.1965

Mountain Stream

  • Purchased with assistance from the Ballantyne Bequest and the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council, 1969
  • Reproduced courtesy of the Peter O´Connor Collection
  • Oil on board
  • 586 x 487mm
  • 69/662

The precise location of the mountain stream painted by John Weeks is unknown, but the motif he has chosen to work with has a clear connection to van der Velden’s Otira series. Like van der Velden, Weeks depicts the rushing waters of a stream emerging from dense bush and flowing over and around rocks as it makes its way down the mountain slope. In his use of loose, expressive brushwork we can also see a stylistic parallel with van der Velden’s masterpiece A waterfall in the Otira Gorge and his treatment of flowing water. (Van der Velden: Otira, February 2011)