Anne Estelle Rice, Portrait of Katherine Mansfield, oil on canvas, 1918. Purchased 1940 with T G Macarthy Trust funds. Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand (1940-0009-1)
We are delighted to invite you to join us when the Friends of Te Papa host our first High Tea in several years, with a talk from Curator Lizzie Bisley.
In 1940 the National Art Gallery acquired a striking portrait of Katherine Mansfield, by the American artist Anne Estelle Rice. It is a bold, modern painting. Full of colour and pattern, the portrait is alive with the rhythm of early 20th-century modernism.
In this talk, Lizzie Bisley will use Rice’s portrait as the starting point to explore Mansfield and Rice’s world. Both women were expatriates, who spent most of their lives practising away from home, in Europe. They were deeply engaged with modernist ideas, part of a group of artists, writers and musicians who sought to create new kinds of art, at the start of the 20th-century.
The centenary of Katherine Mansfield’s death was on 9 January 2023. This talk celebrates her place in the wider histories of both New Zealand and European modernism.
Lizzie Bisley is Te Papa’s Curator Modern Art. She curated the exhibition Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist.
Ticket includes a glass of bubbles on arrival, talk, High Tea and free parking.
Feature image: Detail from: Friends High Tea with Mary Kisler, 2012. Photo by E.Ridder. Friends of Te Papa