Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Student's Newspaper. Volume 31, Number 8. April 30 1968
It's about time the Wellington City Council woke up— the National Art Gallery is a disgrace to our city. In the whole gallery there are only three nudes.
The first, a semi-nude, is entitled The Straw Hat. Granted the model is wearing a straw hat but that doesn't strike the eye first.
The artist is Mark Gertler. The painting was bought from the Sir Harold Beauchamp Bequest in 1959.
It is an uninspiring work painted with great regard for detail—this is its downfall.
The second is somewhat more distinctive. It is clearly a nude woman, but not of the exact representational type as The Straw Hat.
The artist, W. Brooker, appears to have been influenced by Velasquez' Rokeby Venus in his positioning of the model and style. This painting came from the Beauchamp Bequest in 1957.
The third has a refreshing title—simply Nude and Moon. It is in the cubist style with blues and greys predominating. This makes it hard to understand at first, but careful inspection plus some imagination helps. Painted by Godfrey Miller Nude and Moon was presented by the Wellington City Council in 1965.
—A. M. Catterall.