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Cass; Angus, Rita; 69/74

Cass, Angus, Rita, 69/74
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Cass is 116 kilometres north-west of Christchurch, in the Southern Alps. Rita Angus has captured the isolation of this tiny settlement, with its small railway station, populated by a single waiting figure, set against dominating landforms. Angus has used a distinctive style of realism, with clearly defined shapes, blocks of strong colour and a clear, pervading light. She was searching for ways to combine her own experience of the area and the essential nature of the region. The colours are seen as typical of the Canterbury School of artists. Angus was born in Hastings. She studied at the Canterbury College School of Art from 1927 to 1933. In 1930 she married Canterbury artist Alfred Cook (1907-1971) and, although they separated in 1934, she signed her work ‘Rita Cook’ until 1941. She lived and worked in Christchurch until 1955 when she moved to Wellington. In 1958 Angus was awarded an Association of New Zealand Art Societies Fellowship which allowed her to visit England and Europe where she studied old masters as well as contemporary art.
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Collection Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu; purchased 1955
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