Saddle Hill from Taieri Mouth 1937-38

COLIN McCAHON [1919-1987 Aotearoa New Zealand]

Pencil and gouache on paper
Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena, University of Otago

McCahon’s watercolours from the late 1930s often display a loose, sketchy style, used to quickly recall the nature of an experience or place. Saddle Hill from Taieri Mouth (1937-1938) carries this sense of immediacy, of a view quickly mapped out as a marker of a particular time and place. This painting is a more representational view, including features such as fences, shelterbelts and powerpoles that McCahon soon began to strip out of his landscapes. 

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