Learn about a selection of works from our historical collection with engaging art historian Julie King over three Wednesdays.
Explore the meaning of particular works in a variety of contexts: the reception of a work in its own time; its significance within the artist’s career; the story of its acquisition by the Gallery; and how it is understood by viewers today.
Paintings in Context 1
Henriette Browne, La Lecture de la Bible, also known as Les Puritaines, 1857
Henri Fantin-Latour, Panier de Raisins, 1893
Paintings in Context 2
Lucy Kemp-Welch, In the Orchard, also known as Sunlight through the Leaves, 1904 -5
Henri H.La Thangue, Making Ligurian Lace, c 1905
Paintings in Context 3
Sydney Lough Thompson, Harbour Scene, Evening, Concarneau, 1925 -1933, also known as Fishing Boats, Concarneau, 1925 - 1933
Join the friends for coffee and great conversation in Universo, then enjoy a 30-minute ArtBite talk.
On the opening night of the WORD Christchurch festival, Leonard Bell tells the story of the extraordinary group of European artists, writers, photographers and architects who arrived in New Zealand as forced migrants from the 1930s through the 1950s, and examines how their modernism radically reshaped the arts in this country.
In the context of the Gallery’s recent acquisition of Colin McCahon’s Canterbury Plains (1951), leading McCahon scholar Dr Peter Simpson will discuss McCahon’s evolving response to the Canterbury landscape between 1948 and 1952, drawing on fresh research undertaken for a major book on the artist he is currently writing that will be published by Auckland University Press in 2019, McCahon’s centennial year.
Writer and historian Stevan Eldred-Grigg examines our exhibition Pickaxes and Shovels and explore what it reveals about class and art in colonial Canterbury.