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Scrub burning, Northern Hawkes Bay
Scrub burning, Northern Hawke’s Bay 1965
oil on hardboard, 597 x 597 mm
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, purchased 1966
See this work on the Auckland Art Gallery's website
In 1965, Rita Angus visited Maungataniwha, north of Napier, to stay with her nephew Anton Jones and his family. As always, she took her sketchbook.
One day, Anton lit a fire while clearing scrub, and Angus was fascinated by the plumes of smoke billowing above the hills. Back in Wellington, she painted this work.
The smoke seems as solid as the landscape itself, its shapes and texture echoing the bush and hills.
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