Douglas Gerard, Whangarei; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1970; 510
Douglas Gerard, WhangareiAbout this object
A watercolour head and shoulders portrait of Douglas Gerard, slightly hunched in three quarter profile.Maker
1970Medium and Materials
Watercolour and pencil on paperPlace Made
Douglas Gerard was a distant cousin of Edith, Toss Woollaston's wife. He commissioned a portrait of himself from Woollaston, which was completed along with drawings and watercolours. Woollaston wrote of how he requested the "infinte humanity" of his eyes to come through in the portrait.
In a 1973 lecture on portraiture at the Waikato Museum of Art and History, Woollaston wrote how "someone once asked me - how did I get a likeness and continue to make a radical painting?... I take it my questioner meant by a radical painting, one that need take no account of likeness - that is, self-sustaining by virtue of its form and construction. That is the kind of painting that I like to do - but I like likeness too. But only such likeness as will not destroy the construction (of a painting), but reinforce it" (Barnett, 1991, p.75).
Woollaston Davies CollectionCredit Line
Gifted by the artist in 1979Object Type
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