New Zealand Painting, 1920–1940: Adaptation and Nationalism


11 June, 1974
— 1977


Robert McDougall Art Gallery


Christchurch, New Zealand

Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand touring exhibition, 1974-1977

"This exhibition of seventy-four paintings was prepared by the Robert McDougall Art Gallery for the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council and toured the country exhibiting at fifteen galleries.

It was a sequel to a previous exhibition which toured the country called New Zealand Painting 1900-1920. It followed the same format as its predecessor in the number of exhibits and the presentation of a well documented and interesting catalogue. It aimed at providing a selective cross-section of what is considered to be the best painting done in New Zealand during the period. There was a wide range of styles and treatment, although most of the works were either oils or watercolours, with the occasional gouache.

This period marked the watershed of a national sense of identity. Toss Woollaston and Colin McCahon had early works in this exhibition indicating the developing identity with the land and environment which was becoming evident in painting and literature.” -

Mediterranean Village [BC019] is catalogued as number 66 on page 87 of the accompanying catalogue [see Related images].

Below is a list of galleries the exhibition toured to – full date and year details are not available for all locations and are listed with as much information as possible.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 11 June – 6 July 1974
Auckland Art Gallery, 6 May – 11 June 1975
Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, 29 July – 28 August 1975
National Art Gallery, Wellington, 6 – 26 November 1975
Aigantighe, Timaru, 4 December 1975 – 9 January 1976
Gisborne Art Gallery, 22 January – 18 February 1976
Waikato Art Museum, Hamilton, 17 August – 5 September 1976
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 13 July – 1 August
Hawkes Bay Museum and Art Gallery, Napier, 9 – 21 March
Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, 8 – 30 May
Wairarapa Arts Centre, Masterton, December 13 – January 15
The Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, 7 June – 1 July
The Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson, 24 September – 15 October
The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt

Exhibition artworks

Related images