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
Dr Shayne Gooch from the University of Canterbury's School of Engineering discusses the unseen forces behind Len Lye’s kinetic sculptures, the special relationship between the university's engineering department and the Len Lye Foundation, and the challenges of bringing some of Len’s larger sculptures to life.
‘Aberhart's images are bathed in the light of photographic history, as well as that of the world around. In his exquisite prints, photography reclaims a magic often lost in the digital age.’
The memorial statue of John Robert Godley, founder of Canterbury province, was unveiled 150 years ago in Christchurch Cathedral Square. The 6 August 1867 occasion was proclaimed a public holiday, and Godley’s statue remained upright until being toppled in the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.