Melvin Day

Shenfield Common, Essex II

Shenfield Common, Essex II by Melvin Day

Artwork Detail

Melvin Day’s lyrical account of an English wood was inspired by the work of Cézanne, who was informing the practices of many well-known New Zealand artists including Rita Angus, Toss Woollaston and Colin McCahon during this period. Using light washes of colour and sketchily drawn lines, Day creates a series of colourful curved forms without the use of tonal modelling or traditional perspectival techniques. The loose and gestural painting reflects Day's interest in the formal techniques of Cézanne's practice, rather than the romantic qualities which were explored by Toss Woollaston.

Title
Shenfield Common, Essex II
Artist/creator
Production date
1949
Medium
oil on canvas laid on board
Dimensions
450 x 420 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Melvin and Oroya Day, 2015
Accession no
2015/25/4
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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