Nugent H. Welch

UHPC 1/39, Water colour, 494mm (h) x 599mm (w)

The Cosgroves' collection was appropriately the Expressions Art and Entertainment Centre's first exhibition when it opened in 2003. Their subsequent gift of 39 Pumpkin Cottage paintings in 2009 to be held forever on behalf of the people of Upper Hutt formed the basis of the gallery's permanent collection. This is Ernest Cosgrove's favourite painting. It sums up his passion for the New Zealand Impressionists' skill in depicting the colours of local skies. Nugent Welch captured the characteristically expansive Wairarapa landscape on a hazy day - imagine how rapidly he would have needed to paint to catch the moment before the central cloud floated away.

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