A grain of wheat, 1970

Record number
cm001022
Title
A grain of wheat
Date
1970
Medium
synthetic polymer paint
Support
unstretched canvas
Dimensions
2080 x 3435 mm
Inscriptions
A GRAIN OF WHEAT. McCahon MURIWAI FEB.'70 (brushpoint, b.l.)
Credit line
Purchased 1978 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Accession number
1978-0009-2
Extended inscriptions
IN TRUTH in very truth I tell you
a grain of wheat
remains a solitary grain unless
it falls into the
ground and DIES
but if it dies it becomes
a rich harvest
History
1970 Auckland: Colin McCahon: Recent Paintings: Victory Over Death, or, Practical Religion, Barry Lett Galleries, 2-15 March 1970, cat. no. 6.
1972 Wellington: [Paintings by Colin McCahon], Peter McLeavey Gallery, 6-24 March 1972, cat. no. 2, $1300.
1996 Amsterdam: Under Capricorn. The World Over. Art in the Age of Globalisation, Stedelijk Museum, 28 June–18 August 1996.
Notes
The text is John 12:24, from the New English Bible.