The Whanganui River

Charles Howorth, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in Whanganui, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in circa 1910.
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About the Work
A landscape painter in both oils and watercolour, Howorth's works were almost universally admired during his artistic career. The Wanganui Chronicle referred to them as ‘gems’, the Otago Daily Times called his paintings ‘spirited’ while the Dominion stated that his work was ‘really admirable’ and the Press ‘excellent’. In 'The Wanganui River' we see his adept use of colour and technique to capture the glassy water and lush bush of the Whanganui. His popularity waned with rise of Modernism but his work and style of painting form an important part of the history of landscape painting in New Zealand.
Image: 915 x 740mm
Frame: 1090 x 912 x 65mm
oil on canvas
Painting of a small waka or canoe with two people in it dwarfed by the tall bush-covered banks of the Whanganui River. A sand bank is in the middle ground, the surface of the water is very still and highly reflective. Tall river banks are visible in the distance.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Art Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Constance R. Spurdle, Wanganui, 1927.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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