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Artist in Focus gallery, Level 5, Te PapaPrevious Exhibition
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 100 years ago, in 1913. This exhibition 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.