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Toss Woollaston : a life in letters / edited by Jill Trevelyan.

By: Woollaston, Mountford Tosswill, Sir, 1910-.
Contributor(s): Trevelyan, Jill, 1963- | Trevelyan, Jill | Trevelyan, Jill [editor.] | Trevelyan, Jill [editor.] | Trevelyan, Jill [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington, N.Z. : Te Papa Press, 2004Description: 520 pages.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0909010072.Subject(s): Woollaston, Toss, 1910-1998 -- Correspondence | Woollaston, Toss, 1910-1998 | Painters -- New Zealand -- Correspondence | Painters -- New Zealand -- Biography | Artists -- New Zealand -- Biography | Woollaston, Toss, 1910 -- CorrespondenceDDC classification: 759.993 Awards: Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2005 Finalist.
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Toss Woollaston was for many years the pre-eminent twentieth-century New Zealand modernist, whose great landscape paintings changed the way New Zealanders saw their country and themselves. He was also a passionate diarist and correspondent who wrote engagingly about everything: life, love, God, the landscape, poetry, and his friends. But above all, he wrote about art - his own and that of others. His letters are an archive of national importance, spanning his entire lifetime. Many hundreds of them are included in this volume. Woollaston's letters provide a vivid, intimate perspective on his life. Here, in place of the 'famous artist', is an appealing individual, constantly beset by financial insecurity and other obstacles to painting, but possessed of unshakeable self-belief and determination. Candid, opinionated, irreverent, and sometimes caustic, Toss is good company - always engaging, and with a keen eye for social mores, whether at a country fair in Greymouth or an art opening in New York. This collection illuminates Woollaston's painting and his relationships with family, friends, and the art community of his time.It includes letters to contemporaries Ursula Bethell, Charles Brasch, Tony Fomison, and Colin McCahon, among others. Beautifully illustrated with reproductions of paintings, sketches, archival photographs, and samples of the letters themselves, this book features a substantial introduction and bridging text from editor and curator Jill Trevelyan. Altogether, it is a compelling biographical portrait and an important record of a key period in New Zealand's cultural and social history.

Includes bibliography (p. [497]-506) and index.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [497]-506) and index.

Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2005 Finalist.

Toss Woollaston was for many years the preeminent 20th century New Zealand modernist, whose great landscape paintings changed the way New Zealanders saw their country and themselves. He was also a passionate diarist and correspondent who wrote engagingly about everything: life, love, sex, God, the landscape, poetry and his many friends - but above all, about art. His letters span his entire lifetime, from adolescence to death, and many hundreds of them are included in this volume. Woollaston's letters provide a vivid, intimate perspective on his life. Here, in place of the 'famous artist' is the human being.

Lived Mapua, Motueka and Riwaka sporadically from 1928

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