Colin McCahon

North Canterbury landscape

North Canterbury landscape by Colin McCahon

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Colin McCahon began employing a cubist approach to the New Zealand landscape in the early 1950s. Seeing aerial photographs of the Canterbury region published in the Weekly News stimulated him. His study of cubism resulted from lessons that he had with the Australian artist Mary Cockburn-Mercer, who had known cubist artists while she was living in Paris before World War 1. The beginnings of McCahon’s layering of the New Zealand landscape can be observed in this painting. (Golden, 2004)

North Canterbury landscape
Production date
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
915 x 1080 mm
McCahon May '51 (l.l.)
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1960
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New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

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