Two People; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1960; 484


Two People

About this object

Pen and ink study of two figures. The first is sitting up slightly while the second lies with its head resting on the other's stomach.



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Medium and Materials

Ink on paper

Subject and Association Keywords

Human figure

Subject and Association Description

Toss Woollaston gave a lecture of his early life and the influences that led him to painting to the Auckland Gallery Associates. He concluded his lecture with this comment on his then current position.

"It is 1960, and I have at last been able to paint more than before, with the assistance of two grants of 500 pounds ... I do not dare to feel that painting can yet become altogether my way of life. I am still waiting for that. The good luck is temporary - it cannot last. But at last I have tasted what it is to be a painter..." (Trevelyan, 2004, p.234).

1960 was a turning point. The children had all left home, releasing time and financial constraints and painting was finally beginning to develop as Woollaston's primary income.

Named Collection

Woollaston Davies Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1979

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