Charles Frederick Goldie remains one of New Zealand’s most popular and valued artists. His portraits of Māori (the indigenous peoples of New Zealand) continue to captivate the public and generate debate on colonisation, its effect on Māori and the consequent history of race relations in New Zealand.
Goldie attended the Elam School of Art and Design in Auckland, New Zealand, prior to studying at the Académie Julian in Paris in 1893. Trained in the tradition of classical academic art, he returned to New Zealand in 1898, establishing a reputation for popular, intensely realistic portraits of elderly Māori, adorned in their traditional costume. These portraits revealed his knowledge of the Orientalism style then prevalent and a contemporary European fascination with foreign and exotic cultures. Goldie also considered his paintings of indigenous subjects to be documentation of a dying race, a widely held view at the time as the Maori population had declined dramatically in the latter part of the 19th century.
Although highly romantic, his depiction of Māori elders, their garments and moko (facial tatoo), has ensured these paintings’ status as important works of art and artifacts in New Zealand culture and history. His works are represented in the collections of all major public collections in New Zealand.
John Leech Gallery, Auckland (label attached verso) The Austin Family, nr Boggabri, NSW (since c1950) Thence by descent Elizabeth Austin, Sydney Private collection, Sydney (a gift from the above)
Private collection South Island, New Zealand
‘Reverie’ – Te Aitu Te Irikau (an Arawa Chieftainess), Auckland Society of Arts, 1919, cat. 125
Signature and Inscriptions
Upper left, brushpoint: C.F. Goldie / 1919 Reverse frame, old deteriorated John Leech label and a newspaper clipping taped on.
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Artwork Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Artwork Dimensions (including frame, if applicable): 47 x 41.5 x 4 cm
Artwork Weight: 10 KG
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