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)

Title
Takaka: night and day
Artist/creator
Production date
1948
Medium
oil on canvas on hardboard
Dimensions
915 x 2130 mm
Inscription
McCahon July'48 (l.l.)
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Rutland Group, 1958
Accession no
1959/9
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

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