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watercolour, 270 x 340 mm
Fletcher Trust Collection
Rita Angus visited friends at Mangonui in Northland in 1953 and was captivated by the landscape: ‘Linear flowing hills, subtle & quick changes in mood & colour, an inner harbour, calm & stormy.’ She often sketched outdoors there, producing quick, fluent watercolours such as these.
The year after, Angus decided to sell her house at Clifton, Christchurch, and move to Mangonui – but the experiment was not a success. She missed the galleries, bookshops, and libraries of city life. As she remarked on another occasion, ‘I thought I could be a more simple hermit than I am.’
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