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Seascape in heatwave
Seascape, heatwave 1949
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watercolour, 361 x 255 mm
Rita Angus was delighted by a heatwave that hit Christchurch in February 1949.
‘I went swimming today in a heat wave, this side of the Cave Rock, and the sound of the breakers was terrific, while the sky was purple-blue overhead and green-blue. A beautiful Polynesian day … I was almost alone & collected a number of tiny shells for another painting.’
Angus depicts these shells in Seascape in heatwave, exaggerating their size to give her picture a dreamlike quality.
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