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Wellington Harbour

The impressionist style developed in Europe in the late 19th century. It aimed to capture the movement of light on a scene. The aesthetic is evident in James Nairn’s 1894 painting 'Wellington Harbour'. The visible brushstrokes highlight the glistening afternoon sun on the moving sea.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: 1939-0009-2
Oil painting by James Nairn

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'City images - The city in art', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 January 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010