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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)

Title
North Canterbury landscape
Artist/creator
Production date
1951
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
915 x 1080 mm
Inscription
McCahon May '51 (l.l.)
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1960
Accession no
1960/24/1
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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