Auckland Art Gallery searches for lost and forgotten Gottfried Lindauer portraits

Gottfried Lindauer, Tamati Waka Nene, 1890, Auckland Art Gallery, Gift of Mr H E Partridge 1915.

Gottfried Lindauer, Tamati Waka Nene, 1890, Auckland Art Gallery, Gift of Mr H E Partridge 1915.

Auckland Art Gallery is appealing to the public to help uncover more Maori and Pakeha portraits by artist Gottfried Lindauer.

It's estimated there are more than 100 original paintings by the prolific 19th century portraitist yet to be discovered.

Newly found portraits will help further the gallery's research for an extensive exhibition about the artist that will open at Auckland Art Gallery in October.

Gallery director Rhana Devenport​ says Lindauer's paintings are national treasures.

"They document an important period in our country's history and are proudly displayed in gallery and museum collections throughout New Zealand."

Lindauer's portraits of Maori chiefs and leaders of the 19th and early 20th centuries remain hugely significant as records and reminders of New Zealand's history and heritage.

Maori art curator Nigel Borell says there are many more paintings yet to surface that remain stored in family collections or are tucked away in forgotten circumstances.

"We want to piece together the puzzle of Lindauer's prolific painting career to learn more about him,' he says.

"These Lindauer artworks could be sitting on mantelpieces, in marae meeting houses, forgotten under beds or at grandparents' houses around the country."

Contact hello@aucklandartgallery.com if you think you have a Lindauer painting or have information on the whereabouts of an original Gottfried Lindauer artwork.

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