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Central Otago 1940
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oil on board, 350 x 548 mm
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of Mrs Joyce Milligan in the memory of Dr R R D Milligan, 1984
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This painting is a composite image – an imaginary landscape derived from Rita Angus’s many watercolours of Central Otago. Angus carefully considered every colour, line, and shape, linking each detail in a design of graceful curves and interlocking forms.
Angus painted Central Otago at the start of World War II. The work, with its dead trees, tilled soil, and small church standing guardian over the landscape, offers symbols of regeneration and hope.
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