Mathias Kauage (Papua New Guinean). This is the Ship Belonging to Captain Cook When He Came to Australia (Dispela Em Sip Bilong Kiapten Kuk ikam Austrelia). 1999. arcylic paint on canvas. Purchased with funds donated in memory of George G. Anderman. 2004.136.
overall height: 64.5 in, 163.8300 cm; overall width: 43 in, 109.2200 cm
At bottom left: "Dispela Em Sid Bilong Kiapten Kuk ikam Austrelia." At bottom right: "Kauage. Mathias 1999"
Mathias Kauage is one of the most famous and influential contemporary artists in Papua New Guinea. His painting celebrates the historic contribution of Captain Cook, the British explorer who opened the South Pacific and its cultures to the international community. Kauage places his symbolic portrait of Cook and his entourage in the center of the composition. The vessel that carries him flies both a British and an Australian flag, and four birds top its colorful sails.
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