Colin McCahon

Northland Drawing

1957
ink on paper
630mm x 550mm

signed McCahon, dated April ’59 and inscribed Northland in ink lower edge.

Provenance

Acquired from Barry Lett Galleries, Auckland.

Essay

In 1958, Colin McCahon travelled to the United States of America, where the experiences and discoveries that he made during this two-month tour had a notable impact on the natur...

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Estimate $35,000 - $45,000

Colin McCahon

Northland Drawing

1957

ink on paper

signed McCahon, dated April ’59 and inscribed Northland in ink lower edge.

630mm x 550mm

Auction N˚1

Estimate $35,000 - $45,000

Footnotes
  1. G. H. Brown, Colin McCahon, Artist (Reed, 1984), 95.

Northland Drawing

by Charles Ninow

In 1958, Colin McCahon travelled to the United States of America, where the experiences and discoveries that he made during this two-month tour had a notable impact on the nature and direction of his artistic practice. Because McCahon was working as an exhibitions officer (essentially a curator, in today’s terms) at the Auckland Art Gallery during this period of his life, the trip was funded by the City Council, and it was intended as an opportunity for the artist to research the practice and protocols American museums. While McCahon was certainly able to gain first-hand experience of the workings of the country’s major collecting institutions, the trip became something of a milestone in his artistic career because it allowed him to experience contemporary American painting firsthand. Throughout his career, McCahon’s artistic strategies were often influenced by the discoveries and developments of other artists. However, prior to 1958 McCahon had, for the most part, experienced the practice of foreign painters through small reproductions that were often printed in black-and-white.