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watercolour, 112 x 130 mm
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
This artwork is featured in Te Papa's Collections Online
This work has the freshness of a spontaneous sketch but was planned and painted with extraordinary attention to detail. The passionflower is framed with leaves and fronds, and the plain background helps to intensify its brilliant colour.
Rita Angus loved flowers and felt a special affinity with nature. She once quoted the advice to painters of Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer:
‘The life in nature makes known the truth of all these things, therefore gaze upon her intently, and do not deviate from her to follow your own opinion.’
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