Mountains, Cass

Mountains, Cass  1936
watercolour, 370 x 490 mm
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Presented by Robert Erwin in memory of Lawrence Baigent, 1985
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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.