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Rocks at French Bay

ArtistColin McCahon
Production Date1959
Mediumoil on canvas
Size1960 x 1925 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Subjectsbays (bodies of water), rock, abstraction
Accession DateApr 1987
Accession NoC1994/1/210
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1987


The period from November 1958 to the end of 1959 was a hugely inventive time in Colin McCahon's career as a painter. He painted more, and exhibited more, than he had ever done before, and was much encouraged by his experience of visiting the United States of America (from April to July 1958). The sensations of distant and close headlands, of rocks at a foreshore, of seawater being near a warm atmosphere, of light's texture, and of balancing rocks, are all coalesced in this powerful scroll-like painting. (Colin McCahon's Titirangi, 2002)

Exhibition History

Auckland Art Gallery
McCahon's Titirangi
19 October 2002 - 27 January 2003
Curated by Ron Brownson