Mrs Ponui, Kawhia

Edith Collier, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in Kawhia, Waikato, New Zealand in 1927.
Frame 1041 x 736 x 56mm
Image 916 x 613mm
oil on hardboard
Framed and matted portrait of a māori woman wearing a red head scarf. Large work. Standard wooden frame, painted dark blue-grey.

Collier’s most prolific painting period after her return to New Zealand 1922 was at Kawhia Harbour in about 1927. ‘Responding to the isolation and solitude of Kawhia, as she had to that of Bonmahon and Cornwall, Edith produced numerous portraits of Māori women, group figure studies and scenes of the Kawhia Harbour and the surrounding landscape. In Kawhia, Edith simply replaced the peasants and fisher people of Bonmahon and Cornwall with the Māori women of New Zealand. Dressed in similar clothes and posed in similar positions, the Māori women of Kawhia provided material that was both familiar and fresh’.
The Kawhia works were the last Collier produced in such a sustained and schematic way.
Joanne Drayton, Edith Collier, Her Life and Work 1885-1964, p.68
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Mrs H White, 1972. This work was conserved with the generous support of Harry Tooman in 2004
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
27 Jan 1972


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