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Takaka Hill View East; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1970; 523

Takaka Hill View East; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1970; 523
Takaka Hill View East
About this object
A watercolour landscape: a peaked hill rises in the left foreground, while behind, Tasman Bay stretches around in a circle with the Mount Richmond Range on the far side. A study for the major studio oil painting 'View from Takaka Hill' 1976 (accession #: 443).
Date Made
Medium and Materials
Watercolour and pencil on paper
Place Made
Takaka Hill
Subject and Association Keywords
Landscapes/Regional landscapes
New Zealand/South Island/Nelson/Tasman Bay/Takaka Hill
New Zealand/South Island/Nelson/Tasman Bay
Subject and Association Description
Woollaston’s return to Riwaka in 1968 meant a return to the old haunts that had always inspired him. He spent much time painting throughout the region where he had first discovered his vocation. He wrote of his new home; “We have moved into the sun … Fine open space, hills to look up to westward, and far off mountains southward” (Trevelyan, 2004, p.337).

Watercolour landscape studies were an important part of the development of Woollaston's large oils. He described them as "a rapid medium for striking quickly – while the iron is hot, so to speak – and so I like it best in summer, when what is put down dries at once and can take more, almost as fast as I can think" (Barnett, 1991, p.77). This watercolour is one of several studies from the Takaka Hill looking in different directions that form part of the Woollaston 101 collection. The study is for the larger oil, View from Takaka Hill, 1976, also in The Suter's collection.

Woollaston Davies Collection
Credit Line
Gifted by the artist in 1979
Object Type
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Landscapes/Regional landscapes
Takaka Hill

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