Mountains, Cass

Mountains, Cass  1936
watercolour and black chalk, 283 x 350 mm
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Purchased 1977 with Mary Buick Bequest funds
This artwork is featured in Te Papa's Collections Online

Rita Angus probably made the small drawing you see here during a 1936 trip to Cass – a small town in the Southern Alps, north-west of Christchurch. In it, she accurately records the landscape, including the scars of a recent fire in the hills.

Back in Christchurch, Angus used the drawing as the basis for the large watercolour on your right. Here, she conjures a landscape of dazzling light and rippling patterns, using just a few colours.

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All artworks are reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Rita Angus.