Later Journeys 1958-70


Portrait of Rita Angus, 1968
Marti Friedlander
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

In 1955, Rita Angus settled in Wellington. Her inner-city home provided tranquillity, but she continued to travel in search of new ideas and subject matter.

A fellowship in 1958 allowed Angus to make her first and only trip to Europe, and she spent a year based in London. She was challenged by the art she saw and returned to New Zealand with a renewed sense of purpose.

The last decade of Angus’s life was tremendously productive. During the late 1960s, she focused on Wellington and Hawke’s Bay, painting some of her finest landscapes. In January 1970, she died of cancer, aged 62.


Nocturnes and abstractions 1958-69
Moon (Leaf Series)  1965

Nocturnes and abstractions 1958-69

In London, Rita Angus became interested in the night sky and effects of the moon, painting the view from... more>
Views of Wellington 1960-68
Self-portrait with fruit  1960-61

Views of Wellington 1960-68

In 1955, Rita Angus bought a house in the inner-city Wellington suburb of Thorndon. It was a quiet, private place, tucked... more>
Visiting Hawke's Bay 1960-69
In Hawke’s Bay  circa 1968

Visiting Hawke's Bay 1960-69

Rita Angus was born in Hastings and as she grew older felt a special attachment to the Hawke’s Bay landscape. During the 1960s, after her... more>
The Bolton Street cemetery 1968-69
Flight  1969

The Bolton Street cemetery 1968-69

One of Rita Angus’s favourite places in Wellington was the tranquil Bolton Street cemetery, close to her... more>
All artworks are reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Rita Angus.