Van Gogh Poems by John Caselberg

Colin McCahon, Artist

This is one of the prints in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in 1957.
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About the Work
For an artist for whom image and text are so important to his practice it is unsurprising that McCahon created work responding to the poet John Caselberg who was himself engaging with the art and life of an artist. Channelling the angst of van Gogh these lithographs incorporate evocative poems, written from the perspective of van Gogh, within a monochrome landscape. The images have all the urgency and mood of van Gogh’s own work, rendered in a uniquely McCahon-esque way which envelopes the poems with a sense of van Gogh’s impending doom.
- extended label text from 'After You', 2013
356 x 252mm each
lithograph on paper
Five loose pages that form an artists book. Pages include frontispiece, title page with 3 bands of landscape with a sun each, a page with three verses - the first starts 'Wild the hederows..., page of verse four which starts 'Six years I have wrestled... the page has dark foliage over it, the last page is labelled five, has a landscape with rain clouds at the top and the verse begins 'Seven dumb beasts of burden...
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Toss Woollaston, 1986. Image reproduced courtesy of the Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
06 Jan 1986



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