Poplar trees

Poplar trees  1929-30
watercolour, 286 x 234 mm
Private collection

Rita Angus painted Poplar trees when she was just 21. The work was her most advanced to that point. In it, Angus shows a keen awareness of modern art, reducing the landscape to simple shapes and colours, bold outlines, and lively patterns.

Poplar trees won a prize at an art school exhibition. Angus proudly gave the painting to her parents, who displayed it in their living room. The family affectionately referred to it as ‘The three bears’.

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