Self-portrait with fruit

Rita Angus1960/1961

Te Papa

Te Papa
Wellington, New Zealand

Here, Rita Angus’s vision of herself is rooted in painting, domestic life, and the natural rhythms of the garden. The work seems full of symbolism and significance – the thistle could refer to her Scottish ancestry.

In 1955, Angus moved to Wellington, where she had friends and family. She quickly became involved in the local art world, and bought a house in Thorndon. That cottage is in the background of this otherwordly watercolour.


  • Title: Self-portrait with fruit
  • Creator: Rita Angus
  • Date Created: 1960/1961
  • Location Created: New Zealand
  • Physical Dimensions: w480 x h614mm
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Medium: Watercolour
  • Depicted Location: Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Credit Line: Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Rita Angus

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