- Christchurch Art Gallery Trust Collection
- 690 x 915 x 45mm
Jenny Wimperis arrived in Dunedin from England with her sisters Frances and Susanna in 1880. As a trained artist from an artistic family she quickly became involved with the Otago Art Society and Dunedin’s Art Club. Unlike many of her contemporaries, who favoured painting the New Zealand landscape as if it were a misty British landscape, Wimperis focuses on this scraggly piece of indigenous forest with a clarity and directness that is true in its depiction of the New Zealand experience. Wimperis always longed to return to Europe, and by the early 1900s she was back in Britain and Europe sketching. Her style, however, never really developed from her earlier New Zealand work, and she died in England in relative obscurity aged 85.
(Our Collection: 19th and 20th Century New Zealand Art, 2018)