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Object: Otago Peninsula

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Title Otago Peninsula
Production McCahon, Colin (artist), 1946, Dunedin
Medium summary oil on hardboard
Materials oil paint, gesso, hardboard
Classification paintings
Dimensions Image: 887mm (Height) x 2105mm (Length)
Frame: 963mm (Height) x 2181mm (Width) x 50mm (Depth)
Credit line Purchased 1992 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Registration number 1992-0012-1

Otago Peninsula was familiar territory for Colin McCahon, who grew up in Dunedin and later attended art school there.

In describing his work, McCahon said, ‘I saw something logical, orderly and beautiful belonging to the land … My work has largely been to communicate this vision and invent a way to see it.’ Here he has painted the peninsula stripped of details, its bare forms exposed.

Otago Peninsula was commissioned by Mario and Hilda Fleischl, early supporters of McCahon. It was his first commission – proof that although some New Zealanders found his art difficult, others were ready to take up its challenge.

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