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.

Shenfield Common, Essex II
Melvin Day
Production date
oil on canvas laid on board
450 x 420 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Melvin and Oroya Day, 2015
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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