Seajourneys (Tristan & Iseult Panels) No. 2

Gretchen Albrecht, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in 1978.
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About the Work
"Some artworks take time to love, but with others it’s instantaneous. Albrecht’s works have always been in the latter category for me. Her masterful use of colour to create expansive compositions is mesmeric and it’s no different with this piece. A finely balanced contradiction of soft fluidity and turbulent waters. An inviting, yet ominous, portal within the Sarjeant’s austere neo-classical façade. I’d dive right in."
- Anique Jayasinghe, 'My Choice' exhibition series, November 2022

Panel No.2 from the set of seven (not 6) hanging banners.
"In 1978 Albrecht designed a stage set for Gillian Whitehead's chamber opera based on the medieval love story of Tristan and Iseult. She made six huge heraldic banners using colour theatrically, symbolically, heightening the emotional content of the music, aiding the narrative."
- Linda Gill 'AFTERnature. Gretchen Albrecht a survey - 23 years' exhibition catalogue published by the Sarjeant Gallery, 1986, pg 12
Image 4845 x 1865mm
acrylic on unstretched canvas
Unstretched canvas mostly covered in shades of blue ranging from dark ink to purple. At top right is an area of white which looks like the front of a "Z".
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased 1980.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
25 Jul 1980



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