Margot Philips

Landscape

Landscape by Margot Philips

Artwork Detail

Margot Philips depicted the lush Waikato countryside as a largely empty space, except for the occasional farmhouse or stand of trees. Some have read the sense of isolation her work conveys as reflecting her experiences as a Jewish émigré; of someone who sees her adopted homeland as uninhabited and lonely. Philips fled Europe with members of her family and arrived in New Zealand in 1938. A largely self-taught artist, Philips attended several summer schools with Colin McCahon during the 1950s where he encouraged her to experiment, to pursue her own directions – a maxim which she followed with powerful results. Philips’ closely scrutinised the verdant Waikato, depicting the rolling country in finely knitted together layers of green.

Title
Landscape
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1955
Medium
oil on pinex
Dimensions
385 x 540 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2021
Accession no
2021/13
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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