- Oil on canvas on board
- Purchased 1955
- 550 x 650mm
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The sweeping clouds, rumpled hills and sharp-edged brightness of Rita Angus’s Cass came together in a brilliant fusion of invention and accomplishment following a ten-day stay at the remote high country railway settlement in the autumn of 1936. Boosted by the company of fellow artists Louise Henderson and Julia Scarvell, and alert to the setting’s barren beauty, she had strong influences to draw on. Henderson, who had arrived from Paris in 1925 and taught at Canterbury College School of Art from 1927, was one. Other influences seen are Japanese woodblock prints and the art of the Northern Renaissance, both detected in the work’s overall sharp focus and decorative, flat, patterned sections.Some ten years after painting this work, Angus recalled the experience: [T]hose days of clear blue green skies, sun setting behind the dark hills, cold shadows … They were happy days. I long for a later return into the mountains. How little did I think then … that Cass would come to have any meaning to the painter.
(As Time Unfolds, 5 December 2020 – 7 March 2021)
The Gallery has recently become aware that an NFT of the most iconic work in its collection – Cass by Rita Angus – has been created and is currently being promoted and sold (including by auction).
The Gallery wishes to make it clear that while the NFT is authorised by the Rita Angus Estate, it has not authorised, endorsed or approved the creation, marketing or sale of that or of any other NFT, and that neither the Gallery nor the Christchurch City Council is in any way affiliated with the company behind the promotion and sale of the NFT.
Presently, the Gallery has no intention to create NFTs from its collection or support their production, and would only consider their creation following consultation with stakeholders including artists, estates, donors, iwi and other interested parties to determine whether or not it is appropriate for it to do so.