MCCORMACK, Thomas Arthur;

Vase of Flowers

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Watercolour on buff paper
400 x 250mm (image); 685 x 510mm (frame)

Discussing similar, small works from towards the end of T. A. McCormack’s career, Anne Kirker has written, ‘[They] are essentially wash drawings … where the subject is superbly articulated into an organic whole with swift calligraphic brushstrokes. They demonstrate that above all he was a linear painter—with a line that has beautiful economy and control, yet is never static. This attribute was already apparent in the ‘thirties when his distinctive quality of vision began to emerge. From that point he developed and added to his vocabulary but he did not change direction.’[1]


[1] Anne Kirker, ‘T. A. McCormack: A New Talent to Emerge in the Nineteen-Thirties’, Art New Zealand 27 (Winter 1983).

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T. A. McCORMACK [l.l.]


Challenge Collection (later Fletcher Trust Collection), purchased from Beca Fine Arts, 3 September 1985