Story: Sculpture and installation art

'La Nouvelle Zélande'

'La Nouvelle Zélande'

In 'La Nouvelle Zélande' (1938) Margaret Butler followed the European convention of characterising a country by a symbolic female figure. To represent New Zealand she chose to use the figure of a young Māori woman in a calm but assertive pose which conveys a sense of strength and majesty.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: 1950-0016-9
Sculpture by Margaret Butler

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How to cite this page:

Mark Stocker, 'Sculpture and installation art - Sculpture in the early 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Mark Stocker, published 22 Oct 2014