Story: Perceptions of the landscape

‘Mountain pass with rider’

‘Mountain pass with rider’

John Gully was the most popular romantic artist of the New Zealand landscape in the late 19th century. This scene, with its high snowy peaks, swirling mist, craggy cliffs and lone rider was not meant to be a realistic portrayal of the Southern Alps – rather, it was intended to stir emotions. Gully’s works helped to invest New Zealand’s alpine regions with a romantic allure.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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Watercolour by John Gully

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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/14397/mountain-pass-with-rider (accessed 15 April 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007