Gerda Leenards, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in 1996.
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About the Work
Gerda is well known for her paintings of the transience of light and weather. Born in the Netherlands, Leenards emigrated to NZ at the age of 10, and her Dutch heritage and awareness of the European masters influences her work. Many of the panels in the work depict aspects of the Whanganui River at Pipiriki.
Jennifer Taylor Moore, Curator of Collections for exhibition 'Beyond the Frame', 2018

This group of work started when I decided to look back to the origins of Dutch painters like Piet Mondrian and Petrus van der Velden . Both painters started their painting within the influence of The Hague School in the 1880s.
I was influenced by Rudi Gopaz (a Lithuanian) in my art school years who was a German Expressionist. He emphasized that "light and colour becomes illuminated when it emerges from darkness". The Dutch painters were painters of light.
Joseph Beys suggested that Dutch light lost its extraordinary radiance after reclamation in the 1950 as a result it ended the visual culture the Dutch were known for. Luminousity of light only comes from the dark .
Many of these panels were based on the Whanganui river and also the coastal hills of Wellington.
Gerda Leenards
880 x 1610 x 40mm (installed)
acrylic & emulsion on board
20 small painted panels depicting water and hills, all done in muted tones of browns, blacks and creams.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1999
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
10 Aug 1999



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