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 Peter McIntyre  (1910 - 1995)

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Lived/Active: New Zealand      Known for: landscape, portrait-Indian, figure

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Sheep Droving, Rangitikei
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A New Zealand artist who also traveled widely in England and the United States, Peter McIntyre established his reputation in the period following World War II. He had studied for five years at the Slade School in London, which provided him background and influences of early modernism. His style is described as romantic realism with traces of surrealism and cubism.

During World War II, he served as official war artist from New Zealand, an experience he regarded as more influential on his painting than his art training in England because of the necessity to capture the immediacy and drama of unfolding events.

After the war, he returned to New Zealand and worked as a full-time artist. He has been highly influential because his incorporation of narrative themes, and abstract and expressive styles provided his viewers with new perspectives of their country. His goal has been to develop a unique approach to painting New Zealand scenery that was not tied to images of Europe nor earlier artists from New Zealand.

In his words, he wanted to come "to grips with the New Zealand landscape, experimenting with it's light, learning to exploit it's sharp clarity rather than fight against it". His paintings were intended to express his feelings about the places he was depicting and also to convey a sense of history and geology. McIntyre did many paintings of the white cliffs of Rangitikei, which some critics have compared to Cezanne's paintings of Mont Sainte-Victoire because of the combination of abstraction and realism, the skillful use of color, and the strength of the images.


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