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Sun Goddess 1949
watercolour, 532 x 420 mm
Private collection, London
Rita Angus saw the goddess paintings as a kind of family. Rutu was originally called Sun Goddess. Then, in 1946, Angus announced the arrival of the work you see here: ‘The second Sun Goddess is born, in watercolour, she is beautiful, and brings peace.’
The Sun Goddess stands in a luxuriant landscape, surrounded by flowers and plants from all over the world. Angus chose them to reinforce the international theme of the painting. As she explained, ‘Shrubs & flowers are universal, e.g. orchid – South America; hydrangeas – India; bush hills – New Zealand.’
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