Anna Caselberg

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

Anna Caselberg
Anna Margaret Frances Woollaston

1942 (1942)
Mapua, New Zealand
Died2004 (aged 61–62)
(m. 1960; died 2004)
RelativesToss Woollaston (father)
Philip Woollaston (brother)

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]


  1. ^ a b "Search results". Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Tresidder, Gail (15 April 2009). "Show brings out the mystery in private artist's work". Nelson Mail. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Anna Caselberg; Toss Woollaston; 1970; 505". NZMuseums. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  4. ^ Dignan, James (4 July 2013). "The Fellowship (Brett McDowell Gallery)". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Find New Zealand Artists". Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  6. ^ "1 landscape sketch by Anna Caselberg (Woollaston), watercolour". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Suter Art Gallery, untitled work by Anna Caselberg". Suter Art Gallery. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  8. ^ "About us – Caselberg Trust". Caselberg Trust. Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2017.