Toss in Greymouth; Colin McCAHON; 1959; 716

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Name/Title

Toss in Greymouth

About this object

Abstract panoramic format landscape of Greymouth harbour with black Tau/'T' cross at centre. A poem by Toss Woollaston is inscribed in the facing left side which reads"alit on the flax a tui at dusk / and broke the / late evening / open / with / song."

Maker

Colin McCAHON

Date Made

1959

Medium and Materials

Enamel on hardboard

Measurements

597 x 1607 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Landscapes/Regional landscapes

Subject and Association Keywords

Landscapes/River

Subject and Association Keywords

Text

Subject and Association Keywords

Religion

Subject and Association Keywords

Animals/Birds/Native

Subject and Association Keywords

Flora

Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/West Coast/Greymouth

Subject and Association Description

Painted for Toss Woollaston when he was working as a Rawleigh's man in Greymouth (1949 - 1968). The black Tau Cross, at centre, is used by McCahon as a protective motif and this straddles the entrance of Greymouth Harbour. This painting has a 'twin' painted at the same time and in a similar style and format, dedicated to John Caselburg and in the collection of The Hocken Library.

Credit Line

Gifted by Toss Woollaston in 1984

Object Type

Painting

Object number

716

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