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Willow tree 1940
pencil, 428 x 381 mm
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 1970
See this work on the Auckland Art Gallery's website
In 1940, Rita Angus lived in a flat in the Christchurch suburb of Fendalton. She could see this willow tree from her window.
Angus and her friend Betty Curnow were fascinated by Chinese art at the time, and they both sketched the willow in a ‘Chinese’ style. Angus later gave this drawing to Curnow.
The artist Theo Schoon tried to persuade Curnow to give or sell the work to him, but she turned him down – ‘I could not part with it.’
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