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Cass  1936
oil on canvas on board, 370 x 460 mm
Collection of the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, purchased 1955
See this work on the Christchurch Art Gallery's website

Cass was a breakthrough work for Rita Angus. Crisp, bright, and rhythmic, it shows her distinctive style.

Angus planned Cass very carefully. The diagonal lines of the hills, for example, contrast with the verticals and horizontals of the buildings, power poles, and stacked wood in the foreground. Everything is sharp and clear, and the painting glows with colour.

For Angus, Cass had a deeply personal significance. It ‘expresses joy in living here,’ she wrote. Clearly a lot of people have since agreed. In 2006, Cass was voted New Zealand’s greatest painting in a television poll.

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