Story: Perceptions of the landscape

‘Mount Rolleston and the Otira River’

‘Mount Rolleston and the Otira River’

The rushing water, dark swirling clouds and flash of light in this 1893 oil painting by Petrus van der Velden were typical of European artworks which set out to evoke the sublime. New Zealand’s dramatic alpine scenery, volcanic eruptions and stormy weather were excellent subjects for a sublime aesthetic.

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Oil painting by Petrus van der Velden

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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/14395/mount-rolleston-and-the-otira-river (accessed 25 September 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007