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|Self-portrait 1929||Poplar trees 1929-30||Blythe’s Buildings, Napier 1932|
|Ruins, Napier circa 1932||Shakespeare Road, Napier 1932||The Duvauchelles pub and hills 1933|
|Riverbed, Waiau 1932||Mt Stewart, Waiau, North Canterbury circa 1931-32||The Rape Paddock, Northern Hawke’s Bay circa 1935|
|Hill landscape, North Canterbury 1934||The Aviatrix 1933||Mountain biological station, Cass 1936|
|Mountain biological station, Cass 1936||Mountains, Cass 1936||Mountains, Cass 1936|
The Aviatrix 1933
oil on canvas, 530 x 450 mm
Post Family Trust Collection
This is one of Rita Angus’s most important early works, which she painted while still a student.
‘The Aviatrix’ is Angus’s sister Edna, one of the first women in New Zealand to hold a pilot’s licence. Edna radiates the cool confidence of a modern woman – like her famous contemporary, Jean Batten. The painting with its strong colours and simple forms, shows a similarly confident, modern style.
In 1933, Edna flew from Napier to Christchurch to visit her sisters. Edna’s boyfriend took Rita for a ride, and the plane ‘looped the loop’. Jean Angus recalled: ‘Rita was pale as a ghost when she landed. She lay flat out on the grass ... Rita never went up in a plane again.’
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