Louise Henderson


Dieppe by Louise Henderson

Artwork Detail

Once singled out as ‘the only New Zealand artist with a real claim to association with these features of the art of Braque, Picasso and Metzinger’, Louise Henderson is arguably Aotearoa New Zealand's pre-eminent cubist painter. She engaged with Cubism’s intellectual vein and developed an early and influential abstract style of painting in the 1950s. Cubism introduced a cerebral charge to Henderson’s work, encouraging her to challenge traditional representations of optical experience in favour of an independent and exploratory vision. The period from the late 1940s to the end of the 1950s was, arguably, Henderson’s most productive phase as she explored a range of cubist techniques, penetrating beneath the surface of the appearance of form to cast the underlying geometric structures as the subjects of her work.

Production date
oil on canvas
880 x 1235 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Diane McKegg, 2017
Accession no
Other ID
X2015/52/6 Old Accession Number
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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