Charles F Goldie

The Calm Close of Valour's Various Day

The Calm Close of Valour's Various Day by Charles F Goldie

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Charles Goldie was born in Auckland and worked part-time for his father while studying painting with Louis John Steele. His mother Maria persuaded David Goldie to send their son to study art in Paris and in 1893, aged 23, Goldie enrolled at the Académie Julian, completing his studies in January 1898. On his return to New Zealand, he hoped to make his name with history paintings like The Arrival of the Māoris in New Zealand (page 66), but it was his portraits of Māori that made him one of the best-known figures in New Zealand art history. Te Aho-o-te Rangi Wharepu from Ngāti Mahuta spent many hours sitting for a number of portraits in Goldie's studio. He was paid according to the time taken and sat on at least twenty occasions. When this work was first exhibited, the Graphic enthused: 'The technique is simply marvellous, and it is not too much to say that in this branch of his craft Mr Goldie is probably one of the greatest masters south of the Equator'. The reviewer marvelled over the treatment of the hair, the tattooing and especially the cloak, 'where every little cord stands out and shows its shadow'. With its pair, Memories (shown opposite), the painting was bought by prominent Auckland businessman Alfred Nathan and given to the Gallery on Mrs Nathan's death. (from The Guide, 2001)

The Calm Close of Valour's Various Day
Production date
oil on canvas
1270 x 1016 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Emily and Alfred Nathan, 1952
Accession no
Other ID
0/58 Old Accession Number
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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