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Spring, Thorndon circa 1962
watercolour, 388 x 282 mm
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, on loan from the Rita Angus Estate
Rita Angus’s house in Thorndon, Wellington, was in a gully. It was cold and dark in winter, with scarcely any sun. In summer, however, it was intensely hot.
As a result, Angus became very aware of the changing seasons. She looked forward to the flowering of her magnolia tree in August as an early sign of spring. These two paintings show the tree in full bloom.
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