Colin McCahon

Takaka: night and day

Takaka: night and day by Colin McCahon

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With its focus on a primordial landscape over which light and dark simultaneously fall, Takaka: Night and Day can be interpreted as representing God’s gift of light to the earth. McCahon commented in 1966:

I saw something logical orderly and beautiful belonging to the land and not yet to its people. Not yet understood or communicated, not even really yet invented. My work has largely been to communicate this vision and to invent the way to see it. (Te Moananui a Kiwa, 2005)

Takaka: night and day
Colin McCahon
Production date
oil on canvas on hardboard
915 x 2130 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Rutland Group, 1958
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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