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Toss Woollaston painting of Māpua

Toss Woollaston painting of Māpua

Along with Colin McCahon and Rita Angus, Toss Woollaston was recognised as one of the painters who established an important nationalist tradition in painting. Much of their painting represented the New Zealand landscape, although not in the romantic style of the colonial landscape painters. Woollaston's works, such as this one, often represented the hills of the northern part of the South Island where he was based for many of his creative years. They were characterised by flat energetic brush-strokes, and pastel and earthy colours.

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Oil painting by Toss Woollaston

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Jock Phillips, 'Arts and the nation - The 1930s generation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/45012/toss-woollaston-painting-of-mapua (accessed 29 September 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014