Colin McCahon

Portrait of Una Platts

Portrait of Una Platts by Colin McCahon

Artwork Detail

Inscribed in pencil ‘Una from Colin’, this quick sketch of the art historian and artist was clearly a gift from one friend to another. On the publication of her landmark dictionary of 19th century New Zealand artists, Platts acknowledged McCahon as someone who had ‘chivvied’ her along on the 26-year-long project.

McCahon undertook relatively few portraits, yet the strong fluid lines of this work show him to be a skilled practitioner. His use of line to summarily describe Platts is reminiscent of the portrait sketches Picasso would produce for the pleasure of his friends and family. (Intimate Portraits, 2005)

Portrait of Una Platts
Colin McCahon
Production date
250 x 180 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2006
Accession no
Other ID
L1998/4/3 Old Accession Number
Copying restrictions apply
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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