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Parliament's culture and traditions

Explore Parliament's rich history and its colourful culture and traditions. Read the full article

Page 3 - Parliament in postcards

Painters and photographers loved to capture the beauty of Parliament's buildings in postcards, and New Zealanders and visitors sent these to friends and family in new Zealand and

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. Read the full article

Page 1 - 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

Page 2 - Beginnings

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

Page 3 - Influence of European modernism

Page 4 - A new New Zealand art

In the 1930s and 1940s a distinctly New Zealand style of painting began to emerge - regionalism that is characterised by a preoccupation with place and local

Page 5 - Expressionism and abstraction

The 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

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

Page 7 - Further information

Links and books relating to New Zealand art

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Watercolour by Lieutenant Herbert Meade (1842-1868) depicting a Pai Mārire ceremony at Tataroa on 27 January 1865.

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