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Rita Angus, 'Cass' (1st of 2)

Rita Angus, 'Cass'

Rita Angus's work from 1936 has become one of New Zealand's most famous paintings. Like Sutton, Angus shows a building set against the dramatic foothills of the Southern Alps. The strong blues and yellows, and the delineated shapes in the landscape, suggest the influence of French post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Angus was born in Hastings, but she came to the Canterbury School of Art in 1927 and was encouraged in her work by the community of artists and intellectuals in Christchurch in the 1930s.

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Oil on canvas on board by Rita Angus, 1936

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Jock Phillips, 'Painting - Nationalism and landscape painting, 1935 to 1965', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014