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C.F. Goldie: the old master revisited

To the public he is a national treasure. To critics he was a "one-man academy" who clung to an outmoded style and produced work that was both patronising and dull. Why should Charles Frederick Goldie divide opinion so? Fifty years after his death, New Zealand's best-known painter remains an enigma, open to as many interpretations as there are hairs in a sable brush.

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