abstract art


History of New Zealand painting

  • History of New Zealand painting

    Early European painting in New Zealand was dominated by landscapes and images of exotic Māori. From the 1890s the local art scene was boosted by the arrival of professional painters from Europe. But it wasn't until the 1930s and 40s that a distinct style of painting began to emerge here.

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  • Page 5 - Expressionism and abstractionThe revolutions in early 20th century European art took a long time to influence New Zealand painting. Cubism, for example, took four decades to be accepted


  • Hodgkins, Frances Mary

    Frances Hodgkins’ 56-year career as an artist earned her a secure place among the English avant-garde of the 1930s and 1940s. She was the first New Zealand-born artist to achieve such stature.