Day Model, Wellington; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1969; 480


The Suter Te Aratoi O Whakatū


Day Model, Wellington

About this object

A highly abstract figure study in pastel colours with wide areas of watercolour wash with bleeded edges.



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Medium and Materials

Watercolour on paper

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Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/North Island/Wellington

Subject and Association Description

This is one of a series of Wellington day model studies in the Woollaston 101 collection. Portraiture was an important element in Woollaston's work and he continued to develop it throughout his career. He described his approach as observing the subject "sometimes for quite a long time, till I find their most natural attitudes and movements. I do not copy their actual physical movements...but I have a rich means of suggesting them - the lean and tilt of the different planes and volumes in contrasting directions..." (Barnett, 1991, p.67).

The Peter McLeavey Gallery had opened in Wellington in 1968 with an exhibition of Woollaston's works. This was a turning point for Woollaston. Sales, now entrusted to his dealers, came at a comfortable rate and he was able to concentrate on producing new works.


Woollaston Davies Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1979

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