Colin McCahon

Still life with altar III

Still life with altar III by Colin McCahon

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When the still life regained favour as a subject at the turn of the 20th century, it was for its formal properties rather than its symbolism. The genre allowed artists like Cézanne to explore the limits of painting within a tightly defined structure.

While McCahon uses a simplified visual language which follows the tradition of Cézanne, his still life objects are imbued with meaning and allusion in ways that are more in touch with the symbolic concerns of the 17th and 18th centuries. (McCahon's Visible Mysteries, 2004)

Still life with altar III
Production date
acrylic on board
530 x 996 mm
(l.c.) "Still Life With Altar III"; (l.r.) "McCahon Jan. Feb '67"
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from a private collection
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cm000608 Catalogue Number
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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