JOURNEYS OF THE LATE 1930s AND 1940s

Rita Angus was a keen traveller, finding new subjects and fresh inspiration in her journeys. ‘Live in a suitcase,’ she advised her sister Jean.

As a pacifist, Angus also travelled to find work that was not classified as ‘essential’ to the war effort. In 1941, for example, she picked tobacco with friends at Pangatotara, in Nelson, and designed toys for a cooperative in Wellington.

Central Otago, Nelson, Greymouth, Banks Peninsula, and the Kapiti Coast were among the other places she painted.

As an artist, Angus strongly identified with the natural world. As well as landscapes she painted exquisite watercolours of flowers and other plants, some from her home in Christchurch.




All artworks are reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Rita Angus.