Dutch Bulb Fields by Leonard Victor Mitchell
Oil on board, 1960
61cm x 70.5cm, framed
In letters back to New Zealand Leonard said, “Looking at this country, you see how easily it happened that they produced one of the greatest schools of painting.” He also marvelled at the skies as ‘enormous’, ‘rain washed’ and ‘vibrating with drama’, and he was taken by the colours, including the ‘vibrant dash of red or yellow in the tulip fields.’ Mitchell & Mitchell, page 300.
Born in 1925, Leonard’s story began growing up in Ngaio, Wellington. A dedicated artist, by the 1950s he was exhibiting at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and established as a well sought-after portrait painter. In 1954 he co-established the Lambton Galleries, Wellington’s largest commercial gallery. He completed several commissions for public spaces, including murals at the newly built Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, and won the inaugural Kelliher prize for Landscape painting. He was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London… Read more