Maori Pah, Waikato
William George Baker
Baker's depiction of Maori riverbank settlements, including details of everyday life provides a valuable insight into customs and traditions that were fast disappearing. His approach to painting was similar to many other painters of the time that depicted romanticised scenes of the New Zealand landscape predominantly for a tourist market.
William George Baker (1864–1929) was born in Karori, Wellington. Trained as an upholsterer but more interested in pursuing a career as an artist, he slowly built up skills as a painter mostly in oils. His time was spent roaming throughout New Zealand painting scenes that he would then sell to make a living. Although a self taught painter, Baker exhibited with the Fine Arts Association and had works in New Zealand Academy exhibitions and the 1904 World's Fair in St Louis, Missouri.
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590 x 905mm (image)