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Fish V 1969
oil on hardboard, 610 x 606 mm
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Purchased 1970 from Wellington City Council Picture Purchase Fund
This artwork is featured in Te Papa's Collections Online
In 1957, the construction company owned by Rita Angus’s father built a new aquarium in Napier. In the following years, she often visited it with her sketchbook, attracted by its colourful and often bizarre species.
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Angus painted a series of ‘fish’ works in the late 1960s – carefully designed pictures in which every creature seems to have its own personality. She made some of these works in Napier while staying with her parents. Once, her mother pinned up blue curtain fabric to help her create a mysterious underwater effect in her picture.