Artwork Description / Detail
Exhibited: Auckland Society of Arts, 1910 New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1910 Wairarapa Art Exhibition, September 1962 GOLDIE, Auckland Art Gallery, June – October 1997 Literature: Auckland Society of Arts Exhibition Catalogue, 1910 New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Annual Exhibition Catalogue, 1910 New Zealand Free Lance, 8 October 1910, p. 11 Wairarapa Art Exhibition Catalogue, September 1962 A Nation’s Portraits, Roger Blackley, 2005 C F Goldie: His Life & Paintings, Aister Taylor, pp. 28 & 213 Goldie, Roger Blackley, pp. 143 & 191 (1910 #87) It is thought that the sitter in this painting is Katerina Nikorima, who signed the Lindauer Art Gallery visitors’ book on 3 September 1910. She identifies a number of portrait subjects she knew personally, one of whom was her father, and writes ka korero mai ki au I whea ahau – they speak to me wherever I am. Roger Blackley in his text A Nation’s Portraits suggests Nikorima’s father may be Te Retimana Te Mania of Te Akitai, painted by Lindauer in 1895. Katerina Nikorima is also presumed to be the sitter in the 1908 Goldie work Fire and Smoke. The composition of this work resembles Charles F Goldie’s first exhibited Maori painting Tamehana, in which the sitter stares directly at the viewer with a pipe in his mouth. The pipe, like in Nikorima and Nicotina enhances the relaxed informality of the portrait, and also relates the two sitters to a common type in European anecdotal portraiture – the smoker, whose lineage can be traced back to seventeenth-century Dutch painting. Reference: Roger Blackley, A Nation’s Portraits, Gordon H. Brown Lecture/Art History Lecture Series 3, Art History, Victoria University of Wellington, 2005.