A Romantic Abroad
Leonard Victor Mitchell
A New Zealand artist who sought out the landscapes, townscapes and characters which had inspired his own artistic heroes.
4 to 29 February 2020
A Romantic Abroad is the third exhibition of work by our “house” artist Leonard Victor Mitchell. This exhibition of Leonard’s work focuses on his time in England and Europe.
Why A Romantic Abroad? Leonard was a proponent of traditional painting and naturalism. The son of a commercial artist, he was a believer in solid draughtsmanship and attention to detail and was opposed to modernism and abstraction. However, he was also a romantic, very spiritual, and took great interest in unusual and exotic subjects such as the English wanderers and travellers which feature heavily in his work. Our new exhibition seeks to give its audience Leonard’s view of England and Europe of the 60s and 70s – the view of a New Zealand artist who sought out the landscapes, townscapes and characters which had inspired his own artistic heroes.
Self Portrait in Holland Landscape, Leonard Victor Mitchell, oil on board, c1960, Mitchell family collection.
Detail, Autumn Oak with Wanderers, oil on canvas, 1962
Learn more about Leonard Victor Mitchell by visiting the website dedicated to his work.
Mitchell Studios will always have Leonard’s artworks on display and available for sale, including Limited Edition prints of some of his watercolours.
A Romantic Abroad Catalogue
Haymakers, Holland & Dutch Farmer with Moody Skies
Middle right & bottom right, watercolour on paper c1960. Sold for $350 each.
Wanderers Under a Tree
Etching print 1962. Sold for $600.