Colin McCahon

Here I give thanks to Mondrian

Here I give thanks to Mondrian by Colin McCahon

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In 1958, McCahon studied Piet Mondrian’s paintings in America. He later commented:

'Mondrian, it seemed to me, came up in this century as a great barrier – the painting to END all painting. As a painter, how do you get around either a Michelangelo or a Mondrian? It seems that the only way is not more "masking tape" but more involvement in the human situation.' To the spatial expansion found in Mondrian’s painting, McCahon adds his own ‘Gate’ symbolism, which he once described as a "way through". The painting is focused on the tension between three geometrical elements – diagonals, triangles and rectangles – which seem to be in constant motion.

Here I give thanks to Mondrian
Production date
oil (alkyd) on hardboard
1215 x 915 mm
Colin McCahon March'61 (l.r.). Here I give thanks to MONDRIAN (l.l.). (verso) COLIN MCCAHON HERE I GIVE THANKS TO MONDRIAN.
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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1964
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cm000676 Catalogue Number
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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