When Petrus van der Velden arrived in New Zealand in 1890, he was already a mature artist with an established reputation in Dutch art circles. Vincent van Gogh described him as a ‘solid, serious painter’.
In the Netherlands, Van der Velden had focused on studies of everyday people but New Zealand’s majestic scenery inspired a dramatic change in subject and style. He turned his attention to capturing the rugged landscape in raw, expressive paintings.
Van der Velden died in 1913. This exhibition, developed and toured by Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is dedicated to his memory and legacy.
It also honours T L Rodney Wilson, an expert on Van der Velden’s work, who died in April 2013.
Image credit top image:
Petrus van der Velden, Marken funeral barge, 1890–1891, Gift of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1936. Te Papa (1936-0012-113)