In a Blue Setting

Alfred O'Keeffe, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand in 1926.
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Object Detail

Image: H556 x W456mm
Frame: H704 x W602 x D74mm
oil on canvas
" In the 1930s Alfred Henry O’Keeffe was regularly acclaimed as the ‘doyen of Dunedin artists’. This title was bestowed with good reason, given that his involvement with the arts in Dunedin, both as an artist and teacher, spanned six decades. He was active during both the 1890s and the 1930s, two periods of great excitement and innovation for art in Dunedin, while remaining a prominent and interesting artist during the intervening decades. He is also significant for his entertaining and informative recollections of the artists he knew during the 1880s and 1890s. In his short article ‘Art in Retrospect – Earlier Dunedin Days – Paint and Personality’, his observations and anecdotes provide valuable insights into the contrasting artistic personalities of the era...O’Keeffe’s style is best understood as part of a broad trend, common throughout the western world between the 1870s and 1930s, in which the innovations of Impressionism were combined with stylistic features drawn from the old masters. He had the opportunity to view the works of both during his nine months studying in Paris (1894-95), one of the defining experiences of his life"
Accessed from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Website 16/11/12
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1926.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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