Rocks at French Bay

Rocks at French Bay

  • Artist

    Colin McCahon

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    ink and oil on unstretched canvas

  • Size

    1960 x 1925 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1987

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    Apr 1987

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Subjects

    bays (bodies of water), rock, abstraction

  • Description

    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