Nude Landscape I, 1959
oil on canvas
101.5 x 84.5 cm
Gift of the artist, Parksville, British Columbia, 2000
National Gallery of Canada (no. 40584)
"White Paintings", a description coined by critic Roald Nasgaard, was begun in 1956 when Takao Tanabe was living in England and was his first thematic series. Reacting against full and opaque colour, Tanabe initially painted his all-white works using white sparingly and thinly, but introduced colour in later paintings. Throughout the series, a semicircular motif appears which became a signature element of the artist’s compositions. While Tanabe began these paintings in a non-figurative manner, human and landscape forms emerged in the process, such as the upper torso of a female figure visible in "Nude Landscape I".