Dry September; Sutton, William; 1949; 73/247


Dry September

About this object

This painting is one of the first landscapes that William Sutton completed after his return from post-war study in Britain. His overseas experience had heightened his appreciation of the New Zealand landscape and the temporary nature of man made structures placed upon it. In this work the bare, dry riverbed and burned dry hills stand in strong contrast to wooden bridge over Bruce Creek in west Canterbury. A work of many contrasts, Dry September was a studio painting, worked out over a period of time. There was more concern in the intention with the composition, and its organisation than merely reflecting naturalistic appearances. In this way Sutton was able to express more effectively his understanding of the subject. Like the work of Rita Angus, Doris Lusk and Colin McCahon, it explores the underlying structure of the land and what is imposed upon it.


Sutton, William

Date Made


Credit Line

Collection Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu; purchased 1973

Object Type

Oil on canvas

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