John Hoyte, who painted this watercolour about 1873, has been described as a romantic realist. The shapes of the hills and trees are realistic, but the composition is contrived. This scene is framed by the trees and rocks, the distant hills soften into a shadowy blue, and a small picturesque house and lone worker have been added to create a scene of romantic beauty. This painterly approach affected the way people looked at the real landscape.
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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Watercolour by John Barr Clarke Hoyte
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