Colin McCahon

Rocks at French Bay

Rocks at French Bay by Colin McCahon

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The period from November 1958 to the end of 1959 was a hugely inventive time in Colin McCahon's career as a painter. He painted more, and exhibited more, than he had ever done before, and was much encouraged by his experience of visiting the United States of America (from April to July 1958).

The sensations of distant and close headlands, of rocks at a foreshore, of seawater being near a warm atmosphere, of light's texture, and of balancing rocks, are all coalesced in this powerful scroll-like painting. (Colin McCahon's Titirangi, 2002)

Title
Rocks at French Bay
Artist/creator
Production date
1959
Medium
ink and oil on unstretched canvas
Dimensions
1960 x 1925 mm
Inscription
primary: signed & dated l.l.cnr., oil, "McCAHON 15.11.59.". secondary: titled l.l.cnr., oil, "ROCKS AT FRENCH BAY.".
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1987
Accession no
C1994/1/210
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

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