Landscape with Cathedral

Frances Dolina Ellis
Production date
20th Century
This painting, a stylised depiction of possibly "Hamilton", with a bell tower (possibly St Peters Church) in the centre, is one of a number of works in the collection that show the strong influence of the cubist painting tradition. Its divisions of colour and use of faceting can be seen in many works by Frances Dolina Ellis.

Frances Dolina Ellis (1900–1971) was an active member of the Waikato Society of the Art and a close friend of the Waikato painter Ida Carey. They met while attending classes with Anthony D’Attillo Rubbo, an Italian artist and teacher who was based at Manly in Sydney, Australia. Although conventional in his own painting style Rubbo had a profound influence on many of his students, particularly in the technique of oil painting. Alongside her fellow Waikato artists, Ellis’ was considered a regionalist painter. Her painting style was very much a reflection of a cubist approach but her subject matter always reflected her local surroundings.

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Production date
20th Century
Oil on canvas
672 x 920 x 32mm (framed whole)
497 x 747mm (image)
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Trust Waikato Art and Taonga Collection
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