maori art

Events In History


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 2 – Beginnings

    While the first New Zealand artists often had scenic interests, they were also influenced by art historical practices and beliefs.

  • Page 6 – Contemporary Māori art

    Between 1960 and 1980 a strong resurgence of Maori nationalism and culture developed alongside a growing political voice and demand for the honouring of the Treaty of Waitangi