- Purchased 1993
- 650 x 470 x 310mm
Chrystabel Aitken’s childhood was spent on a farm in Southland, but, recognising her artistic abilities, her family moved with her to Christchurch so she could study at the Canterbury College School of Art from 1921. She later tutored there.
Aitken had a lifelong interest in portraying animals, and made this bull as a tribute to the famous French animal painter and sculptor Rosa Bonheur (1822–1899). Originally cast in plaster from a sculpted clay model, it was cast in bronze fifty-five years later.
This article first appeared as 'A quietly classical presence' in The Press on 19 January 2016.