Story: Painting

Alfred Sharpe, 'Golden evening, New Zealand'

Alfred Sharpe, 'Golden evening, New Zealand'

Alfred Sharpe came to New Zealand in 1859, when he was in his early 20s, and by the 1870s was exhibiting watercolours of the Auckland district with the Auckland Society of Arts. Although he supported himself largely through work as an architectural draughtsman and art teacher, Sharpe regarded himself as a professional artist. His painting accorded with the conventions expected of landscape painters at this time. This work, completed in 1889, is a good example. Painted from a high viewpoint, it is framed by a dark foreground of foliage, and leads the eye towards a golden glow in the sky and blue mountains in the distance.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: 1987/15
Watercolour by Alfred Sharpe, 1889

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Jock Phillips, 'Painting - 19th-century landscape painting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014