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Self-portrait with Fruit
Self-portrait with fruit 1960-61
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watercolour, 610 x 480 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
Rita Angus shows herself at the heart of her Wellington environment in this watercolour. Her house and magnolia tree appear at the top right, and a painting of the city sits on an easel below. Angus is framed by flowers and plants, and her pale features make her look like a marble statue.
Self-portrait with fruit has a connection with the earlier goddess paintings. Like them, it celebrates a mystical female world of creativity, spirituality, and peace.
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