In 1949, Rita Angus had a mental and physical breakdown, and was admitted to hospital in Christchurch. After she was released, she spent several months resting at her parents’ home in Waikanae, where she painted ‘Waterlilies’.


  • Title: Waterlilies
  • Creator: Rita Angus
  • Date Created: 1950
  • Physical Dimensions: h391 x w286mm
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Medium: Watercolour
  • Credit Line: Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Rita Angus

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