Colin McCahon

Rocks at French Bay

Rocks at French Bay by Colin McCahon

Artwork Detail

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)

Rocks at French Bay
Colin McCahon
Production date
ink and oil on unstretched canvas
1960 x 1925 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1987
Accession no
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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