Anna Caselberg

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Anna Caselberg
Anna Margaret Frances Woollaston

1942 (1942)
Mapua, New Zealand
Died2004 (aged 6162)
(m. 1960;died 2004)
Relatives Toss Woollaston (father)
Philip Woollaston (brother)

Anna Margaret Frances Caselberg (née Woollaston, 1942–2004) was a New Zealand painter.

Born in 1942, [1] Caselberg was the daughter of Edith Winifred Woollaston (née Alexander) and the painter Toss Woollaston. [2] She studied at the University of Auckland, spending a year living with Colin McCahon and his family during this time. [2] In 1960 she married poet John Caselberg, who—12 years older than her—was friends with both her father and McCahon. [2] [3]

Anna Caselberg worked in oils and watercolour, mostly painting landscapes, and her style is said to show the influences of Colin McCahon and her father. [4] SHe exhibitioed with The Group, in 1975. [5] Her work is held in public collections in New Zealand, including those of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, [6] Suter Art Gallery, [7] Hocken Collections, and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. [1]

Caselberg died of cancer in late 2004, six months after her husband's death, also from cancer. [2] The Caselberg Trust, a charitable trust supporting artists, writers and composers by providing residencies at the Caselbergs' former house at Broad Bay on Otago Peninsula, is named in honour of John and Anna Caselberg. [8]

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