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Marjorie Marshall 1938-39/1943
oil on canvas, 540 x 460 mm
This portrait of Rita Angus’s friend Marjorie Marshall, also an artist, is the pair to Angus’s unfinished self-portrait at Wanaka.
The two painters travelled together through Central Otago and worked alongside each other. The painting is a tribute to a friend and evokes the idea of a ‘woman alone’ in the rugged southern landscape.
Angus exhibited this portrait in 1939 but repainted the scarf and jersey four years later. This may explain the brighter colours of those areas.
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