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This is an auction for SAGE TEA: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Toss Woollaston.

"SAGE TEA, the first volume of Toss Woollaston's autobiography, was originally published in 1980 to a mixture of acclaim and consternation. Acclaim, because it is a splendid account of an artist growing up in the backblocks of Taranaki. And consternation, because Woollaston wrote with great candour about his childhood and youth, revealing not only his first tentative moves toweards painting, but also his first emotional relationships - and the sexual experiences that were part of them. Woollaston was a gifted painter, yet for many years he wanted to be a writer. Friendships with writers such as Ursula Bethell were important to him intellectually, but also moulded his style. In SAGE TEA he writes with great vividness and fluency. This book is important because of what it reveals of the mind of the artist as it was being formed, and the picture it paints of life in New Zealand in the 1920s and 1930s. It is also a very good read."

From the Adams Gallery (VUW) website:

"Toss Woollaston (1910-1998) is regarded both as one of New Zealand's foremost landscape painters, and as a pioneer of the New Zealand modern art movement. Colin McCahon once described Woollaston's paintings as "wonderful and magnificent interpretations of a New Zealand landscape; clear, bright with New Zealand light, and full of air". Woollaston's paintings of the regions in which he lived - the Nelson area, the West Coast, and Taranaki - reflect not only his dedication to painting and his feeling for the landscape, but also his quest to solve the problems inherent to landscape painting..."

Hardback 1980.

268 pages.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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