View from Takaka Hill; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1976; 443


View from Takaka Hill

About this object

A classic Woollaston landscape oil painting. The view is from Takaka Hill looking east across Tasman Bay to Nelson and surrounding ranges.



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Medium and Materials

Oil on panel

Subject and Association Keywords

Landscapes/Regional landscapes

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/Nelson/Tasman Bay/Takaka Hill

Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/Nelson/Tasman Bay

Subject and Association Description

Toss Woollaston described this painting for Gerard Barnett and was quoted in 'Art New Zealand' (1992) as saying: "My 'View from Takaka Hill' in the Suter Gallery has four or five main colours: yellow, blue, orange, dark-grey tending to black, whitish grey (in Motueka township and the sky) and a touch or two of green, heaviest in the bottom right corner. The blue area is the most compact and isolated in the picture - only a narrow strip separated from the main area by the pine-darkened area representing Kuia [Kina?] Peninsula. The dark grey is the most scattered, if you include in its scope the Mr Richmond Range in the far distance, and the brownish bits in the right-hand yellow hill. But what am I doing - trying to repeat a painting in words. How stupid! They [words] are, after all... poor substitutes when made to represent paintings. They have better things to do!"

A study of the same composition is included in the Woollaston 101 collection: 'Takaka Hill View East' 1970. This collection is of 101 portraiture and landscape studies donated to the Suter Art Gallery in 1979 by Woollaston to reflect his love for the region and ensure that it had one of the best collections of his work. The study features a small pencil thumbnail sketch in the top left corner and then a larger watercolour study at centre.

Credit Line

Purchased through the Dorothy Annie Atmore Bequest with the assistance of the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council in 1978

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