Near Upper Moutere; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1972; 520


Near Upper Moutere

About this object

An almost linear skyline distinguishes this landscape study where the purple tones of the background separate it from the yellow tones in the foreground.



Date Made


Medium and Materials

Watercolour on paper

Place Made


Subject and Association Keywords

Landscapes/Regional landscapes/Tasman landscapes

Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/Tasman/Moutere

Subject and Association Description

The Woollastons decided to build a new home and studio in 1971, designed by the architect Ming Ching Fan. Their new home was not complete until early 1973 and the build impacted on the amount of time Woollaston was able to set aside for painting.

However, his reputation was continuing to rise and in 1972 Luit Bieringa began preparations for an exhibition of his work at the Manawatu Art Gallery.

In 1979, Woollaston gifted 101 works on paper, including this artwork, to The Suter Art Gallery. In a letter dated 19 May 1979, he listed his reasons for making such a large gift, including:

“- My love for Nelson, which I would like to celebrate in this way
- The splendid new gallery you are about to have, where the works would be assured of better care and presentation than I could give them as a private citizen
- The climate of appreciation that is being engendered in Nelson by your Director

I would like the Suter Gallery to be the public gallery where the largest collection of my work was to be seen”.

Named Collection

Woollaston Davies Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1979

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