Ana Rupene and Child (1978), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki;
by Gottfried Lindauer (1839-1926)
Gottfried Lindauer was a New Zealand artist of Czech descent, famous for his portraits of prominent Maori. These portraits accurately record the facial tattoos, clothing, ornaments and weapons of the Maori.
Ana is 'Ana Reupene Whetuki' married to Reupene Whetuki, a Ngāti Maru rangatira. Ana is remembered by the whānau as 'Werohia' meaning 'to challenge'. Ana's life dates remain unknown at this time. What is known however is that she lived and died at Parakau, Manaia and lived through distinct and rapid changes to her Māori life ways.
The child's name is yet to be remembered and it is estimated that he lived to be about 14-18 years. It is said he had a supernumerary congenital condition meaning he had an extra toe on each foot. The family recount that this child had a gift for reciting whakapapa.
Interesting stories behind this painting - thank you Annie/wildlife for choosing this card! :))