Story: Painting

Charles Goldie, 'The widow'

Charles Goldie, 'The widow'

Charles Goldie's 1903 painting of Harata Rewiri Tarapata of Ngāpuhi is a good example of his work. The pounamu mere (greenstone club) in the foreground and the hanging flax kete (woven basket) provide a sense of a traditional Māori context, while the lowered face of the kuia (female elder) and her downcast eyes evoke a sense of sadness about the present and contemplation of a distant past. Goldie was expressing nostalgia for what he believed was a dying race.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: 1991-0001-2
Oil on canvas by Charles Goldie

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Painting - Images of Māori', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014