Story: Nelson region

'Rain in the Paradise Garden, Takaka'

'Rain in the Paradise Garden, Takaka'

Christchurch artist Leo Bensemann painted this Golden Bay landscape in 1979. Descended from German immigrants at Moutere, Bensemann was born in Tākaka in 1912. He attended primary school there until his family moved to Nelson in the early 1920s. In later life the landscape of Bensemann’s childhood became a theme in his paintings. He was particularly drawn to the karst terrain of incised hills and karren features (corroded rocky outcrops) found on Tākaka hill and in the Tākaka River valley, as shown by the fluted rocks in this painting.

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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Oil painting by Leo Bensemann

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Geology and landforms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/28806/rain-in-the-paradise-garden-takaka (accessed 20 January 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 1 Aug 2015