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Item Details
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Culture
New Zealander
Title
Bluescape
Work Type
oil paintings
Date
1963
Material
oil on canvas
Measurements
Image: 1652mm (width), 1275mm (height), Frame: 1688mm (width), 1310mm (height), 38mm (depth)
Description

John Drawbridge painted Bluescape in London, but he was inspired by memories of New Zealand's coastal landscape. Two horizontal panels of colour allude to sea and sky, while the framing vertical panels suggest a door - perhaps a metaphor for distance or memory.

Drawbridge said that his paintings were an attempt to 'describe some sort of limited space or depth'. He was a master of abstraction but, as one British critic said, 'one is made continually aware of the natural forms from which his paintings are derived, vibrating just below the surface of the abstract image'.

John Drawbridge, 1971

Repository
Collection: Art
Purchased 1969 from Wellington City Council Picture Purchase Fund
Accession Number
Subject
rectangles
Source
Image and original data provided by Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the applicable Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
TePapa_L01_MA_I120958_TePapa_Bluescape_full.jpg
SSID
27023626

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