Mountains are a favourite subject of painters in New Zealand. In the 19th century, many artists aimed for a romantic atmosphere, where people were overawed by the scale and magnificence of the scenery. Rita Angus was a modernist painter influenced by Europeans such as Paul Cézanne, and she did not have a romantic attitude to the landscape. In this 1936 watercolour of the mountains in Canterbury, she depicted a musterer’s hut which is dwarfed by the alps behind it.
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Artwork by Rita Angus
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