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Lake Wanaka 1938
watercolour, 235 x 290 mm
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Rita Angus painted this tranquil watercolour on her first trip to Wanaka. It shows the influence of the Japanese art that she admired – in the clear outlines, blocks of colour, and graceful brushwork of the willow tree.
Angus painted her watercolours of Central Otago with great sensitivity and skill. She remembered the period as one of almost effortless work, remarking eight years later, ‘My vitality and strength then astonish me now.’
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