Rita Angus (1908-1970) - Tree (1943)
New Zealand 45c Stamp Issued 1983
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
This is one of four stamps issued in 1983 to depict the works of Rita Angus, one of New Zealand's most popular modern artists. This work is simple and memorable.
Rita Angus painted this watercolour while staying at her sister’s house in Greymouth on the West Coast. When it rained for several days, she sat at the front window and sketched the cherry tree in the garden.
Angus may have identified with this solitary tree, about to break into bud with the arrival of spring. In the same week, she wrote: ‘I am very fortunate, it is as though my life is in two, I am beginning the second half, with a little wisdom from experience and knowledge, and a little genius. I am free to flower, if only for a few years.’ (Source: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa)