Oil on board
410 x 340mm

It has been said that Robert Nettleton Field formed the first cell of modern art in Aotearoa. Certainly, he had an important impact on artists like Colin McCahon and Toss Woollaston. He used a pointillist technique in some of his paintings. In others, like Uncle Peter, he laid bright colours side by side without bothering to modulate them with smooth transitions. However, he ignored the strong faceting and fragmentation of form found in the work of Paul Cézanne and the Cubists. He has been described by Michael Dunn as a Post-Impressionist and mildly modernist.

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Exhibition History

Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture, Craft and Drawings by the 1932 Group, Ōtautahi, September 1932, cat. no. 13

The Fletcher Trust Collection is one of the largest curated private collections of Aotearoa art. The Trust makes works available online as well as via exhibitions initiated by public art institutions and by the Trust itself.

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