Landscape and expression


The depiction of the land did not end with photography, and has continued to generate some of the most interesting expressive forms of art. This course looks at landscape in twentieth-century art, covering painting, sculpture, and post-object practices such as land art. New Zealand icons Colin McCahon and Rita Angus will be considered alongside major international figures such as Paul Nash, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Anselm Kiefer.

Target audience:
This course will appeal to anyone who appreciates art, particularly the twentieth century and/or New Zealand art traditions.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course, you will have:

  • Gained a greater understanding of twentieth century art and artists
  • understand more about the context for leading New Zealand artists
  • developed a working knowledge of the history of landscape art

Course outline:
Each session includes a lecture presentation with time for questions and group discussion.

Session 1: An outline of the history of landscape painting and a discussion of its principles

Session 2: Expressionism as a new force in painting (through to Frances Hodgkins)

Session 3: Toss Woollaston, Anselm Kiefer, Joan Eardley

Session 4: Personalised language: Paul Nash, Georgia O’Keeffe, Colin McCahon

Session 5: Landscape in other forms such as photography and Land Art

There is a short break halfway through each session and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

Pamela Gerrish Nunn has taught Art History since the 1970s and was Professor of Art History at the University of Canterbury. She is a specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century art, with a particular interest in British and New Zealand art and women artists.

“Interesting topic, well researched and delivered in an engaging way. A privilege to have a lecturer of such talent and experience. A quality course”, William Morris: A man for all seasons participant, (2018)

“I got so much out of this course. An area I have not looked at much in the past and has set me on a new path. Pamela's lectures were of expert quality and full of information and extremely interesting. Thank you”, William Morris: A man for all seasons participant, (2018)

“Inspirational, in-depth presentation with plenty of scope for further self-study through references”, William Morris: A man for all seasons participant, (2018)

“I really enjoyed the style of lecture; a great mix of humour and information. Brought into a NZ context also which was interesting”, William Morris: A man for all seasons participant, (2018)

Relevant Links:
School of Art History

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140
Phone 04 463 6556, Email:

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.