Kōrero: Sculpture and installation art



Robert Nettleton Field's work was revolutionary compared with the more conventional output of his New Zealand contemporaries. In 1934, the year after a trip to England where he saw the recent work of avant-garde British sculptors such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, he produced 'Wahine',  a small (15-centimetre-high) figure. A study of a Polynesian woman arranging her hair, it is carved from Cornish serpentine and its heavy masses suggest primitivist elements. The mood conveyed is one of brooding introspection.

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Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Reference: 22-1989
Sculpture by Robert Nettleton Field

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:

Mark Stocker, 'Sculpture and installation art - Sculpture in the early 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/object/41965/wahine (accessed 21 April 2024)

He kōrero nā Mark Stocker, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014