Like Goldie, Johannes Andersen believed that Māori subjects were central to New Zealand’s high culture. In 1907 he published Maori life in Ao-tea, which he said was ‘specially written with a view to furnishing subjects for painters and sculptors: poets, too, will revel in good things’. He answered the view that ‘the dusky skin has been urged as an objection to artistic treatment: but if marble be unsuitable, is there not bronze?’ Shown here is Andersen’s dedication for the book.
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Reference: Johannes C. Andersen, Maori Life in Ao-tea. Christchurch: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1907, p. v.
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