The first major exhibition of Gottfried Lindauer’s portraits of the Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, ever assembled in the United States, The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand opens September 9. A key cultural figure in New Zealand, Lindauer was one of the country’s most pioneering and prolific painters. His historical portraits of Māori leaders, community elders, warriors and politicians painted between 1874 and 1903 capture the fascinating personal stories of his subjects as well as the complex intercultural exchanges occurring at a time of great political, cultural and social change. These finely detailed oil paintings feature male and femalerangatira (men and women of esteem and rank) and are considered taonga (treasures) in New Zealand.
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