Story: Perceptions of the landscape

‘The vaulted aisles of nature's cathedral’

‘The vaulted aisles of nature's cathedral’

This oil painting by Charles Blomfield shows the kauri forest as the nave of a Gothic cathedral. Blomfield painted many scenes of the New Zealand bush from the 1870s to the 1920s. Like a number of other artists, he saw the bush as a place where God’s presence could be felt.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Reference: PD 29/CN229
Oil painting by Charles Blomfield

Permission of the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Perceptions of the landscape - A Romantic landscape', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/14394/the-vaulted-aisles-of-natures-cathedral (accessed 24 June 2017)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007