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watercolour, 350 x 244 mm
Rita Angus was a keen gardener. She grew irises at her Clifton home and painted them many times. To create this watercolour, she carefully observed them from bud to bloom, paying attention to the texture of the petals as they caught the light.
Irises had a special appeal for Angus. She was attracted by their elegance and beauty, and she was also interested in their history as symbols in art and literature. Traditionally, the iris is associated with faith, wisdom, and courage – virtues that Angus held in high regard.
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