Kawhia Scene

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 422 x 575 x 36mm
Image 294 x 448mm
Oil on board
Framed, un-glazed oil on board work depicting a harbour with a tree and hillside framing the body of water. Standard wooden frame with some molding.
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 Edith Collier Trust, in the permanent care of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui
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Acquisition Date
Circa 1984



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