Kōrero: Waterfalls

‘A waterfall in the Otira Gorge’ (1 o 2)

‘A waterfall in the Otira Gorge’

Petrus van der Velden was a Dutch painter who arrived in Christchurch in 1890, and soon began visiting the Ōtira Gorge. Seeking a sense of God’s powerful presence through nature, he preferred days when the wind howled and the rain poured. This scene (1891) captures the mood, and has become a well-known New Zealand painting. Although it was bought by the Dunedin Public Art Gallery for the then considerable sum of £130, van der Velden struggled to make a living in New Zealand and eventually left in 1898.

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Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Oil painting by Petrus van der Velden

Permission of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'Waterfalls - Europeans and waterfalls', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/11777/a-waterfall-in-the-otira-gorge (accessed 26 October 2020)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007