Colin McCahon


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(b Timaru, 1 Aug. 1919; d Auckland, 27 May 1987).

New Zealand painter. With Rita Angus and Toss Woollaston, he formed ‘the trinity of native-born painters who pioneered the modern movement in New Zealand art’ (Gil Docking, Two Hundred Years of New Zealand Painting, 1971) and he is generally considered his country's foremost 20th-century artist. His paintings—intense and visionary in style—are mainly landscapes and religious subjects, and he often combined the two, as in his Fourteen Stations of the Cross (1966, Auckland AG), in which Christ's Passion is represented through powerful images of the North Otago hills reduced to almost abstract forms.

Subjects: Literature — Art.

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