Named as one of the Times Literary Supplements' book of the year, this gorgeous coffee table book is a must for anyone interested in New Zealand art. A revised edition with 32 new additions,the 135 paintings are organised geographically and range from colonial to recent times.
I was impressed by the excellent quality of the reproductions. The colours and details are fantastic. So good, you almost feel you are looking at the original. You can even see cracks in the surface on some paintings.
Biographical notes on the artist appear on the page adjascent to the painting. They make for interesting reading and often describe the artist's response to the scene, their painting style and some history about that particular area.
One of the best things about this book is the inclusion of many lesser known artists and images. I discovered a number of paintings i had never seen before and it was great to see them reproduced so beautifully.
Title: Landscape paintings of New Zealand: a journey from north to south
Author: Christopher Johnstone
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Godwit