Self-portrait  1967-68
oil on hardboard, 577 x 405 mm
Private collection

This is Rita Angus’s last completed self-portrait. She began it when she was nearly 60, saying ‘I wanted to paint age into it.’

Marti Friedlander, who photographed Angus in 1968, observed, ‘There was nothing at all self-conscious about her, and vanity played no part in her make-up. Her face revealed her lively spirit.’ That lively spirit can be seen in this work.

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