Maketu Pa, Kawhia

Edith Collier, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in Kawhia, Waikato, New Zealand in circa 1927.
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Frame 466 x 647 x 30mm
Image 375 x 556mm
Oil on canvas
Framed landscape oil painting of a harbour and pa village with some figures in between the buildings. Standard wooden frame, painted off white.
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
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Collection of the Edith Collier Trust, in the permanent care of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui
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