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Self-portrait circa 1944
watercolour, 366 x 250 mm
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 1983
See this work on the Auckland Art Gallery's website
Rita Angus began many self-portraits during the 1940s – an unsettled time both personally and politically. Sometimes, she left them unfinished.
Here, she has carefully painted her head and shoulders but left her body lightly sketched in – a transparent web of pencil lines. In works like this, she seems to play with the very idea of self-portraiture, as if she might suddenly fade from view.
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