Kōrero: Painting

William Sutton, 'Nor-wester in the cemetery'

William Sutton, 'Nor-wester in the cemetery'

William (Bill) Sutton claimed that he 'had no desire to create or recognise national totems'; but his paintings of the Canterbury landscape have certainly been seen as expressing regional, if not national, characteristics. Like many of the Christchurch painters of the 1930s and 1940s, Sutton often placed buildings or man-made objects against the landscape. Here, we see the mortuary chapel and gravestones from Christchurch's Barbadoes Street Cemetery placed in a Canterbury rural scene. The north-west sky fills the background and the wind rustles the long dry grass.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: 1954/35
Oil on canvas by William Alexander Sutton, 1950

Permission of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Reproduced courtesy of Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'Painting - Nationalism and landscape painting, 1935 to 1965', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/45886/william-sutton-nor-wester-in-the-cemetery (accessed 22 October 2021)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014