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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has heavy fading and surface rubbing. There is a light crease on the first page, and the second page has several small age spots. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 221 x 294 mm
Pages: 200
Publisher: Auckland City Art Gallery
Publication date: 1997 first edition


By Roger Blackley

Roger Blackley explores Goldie's career: his early still-life paintings, the years as a student in fin-de-siecle Paris, his triumphant reign as Auckland's leading painter in the early years of the twentieth century, the fall from critical favour and descent into ill health, and finally the distinctive late period of the 1930s.

Blackley also charts the posthumous fortunes enjoyed by Goldie's paintings: their varied and contradictory roles as prime commodities, in the Pakeha art market, as subjects of controversial stories in the news media, as ancestral portraits of importance to Maori, and as paramount specimens of an academic tradition suppressed by curators of the modernist era.

A concluding section of historical texts includes an early essay on Goldie's work, letters from his model Atama Paparangi and supporter Te Heuheu Tukino, and writings by Goldie himself.

Over one hundred of Goldie's paintings are reproduced in full colour, many for the first time. The book was published to accompany the first retrospective exhibition of Goldie's paintings, timed to mark the fiftieth anniversary of his death.


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