Petrus van der Velden

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


  • 1890
  • Charcoal and wash on paper
  • Gift of the A. F. Nicoll Family, 1969
  • 83 x 212mm
  • 79/03

“Colour is light, light is love and love is God and therefore on Sundays instead of going to church I teach my children drawing after nature. I have come to the conclusion that painting or drawing after nature, instead of being a luxury is the most necessary for the education of man. […] The aim of our existence is nothing else than to study nature and with so doing to understand more and more how grand and pure nature is and gives evidence of so much love.”

—Petrus van der Velden

(McCahon / Van der Velden, 18 December 2015 – 7 August 2016)

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