- Oil on canvas
- Presented by the Canterbury Society of Arts, 1932
- 720 x 894mm
Robert Procter’s ‘Sunny Italy’ captures the warmth and gentle pace of Italian marketplace transactions. Three women, one possibly a seller, discuss the fruit and vegetables on display, while the vendor parcels up what may be raspberries. Procter’s own principal market was at home in New Zealand, where he found ready buyers for his supply of amiable Italian scenes. He showed eight Italian works at the Canterbury Society of Arts exhibition in 1910; three, including this, were bought by the society itself. Trained and based in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Procter had spent many years in Europe after further studies in Paris and Antwerp, and was especially drawn to Italy, where he was at the outbreak of World War I. He returned to teach at the Elam School of Art in Auckland in 1915.
(Leaving for Work, 2 October 2021 - 1 May 2022)