Here, Rita Angus combines her distinctive styles of landscape painting and portraiture. Artist Leo Bensemann stands startlingly close to us, crowded by looming mountains.

‘In 1938, Angus and Bensemann lived in adjoining flats and often painted together. Their house was a hub of energy in Christchurch – a gathering place for artists, writers, and musicians.


  • Title: Leo Bensemann
  • Creator: Rita Angus
  • Date Created: 1938
  • Location Created: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Physical Dimensions: w302 x h356mm
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Depicted Person: Leo Bensemann
  • Credit Line: Gift of the Rita Angus Estate, 1998. © Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Rita Angus

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