Goddess of Mercy by Rita Angus

Goddess of Mercy by Rita Angus
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    Print Code: 9259

    Price: NZ$49.95

    Fine Art Print

    Image size in millimetres: 400 x 510

    This print is about to sell out. Stock available today: 5 Rita Angus painted “A Goddess of Mercy” as a tribute to her sister Edna, who died suddenly in 1940. The pattern of the goddess’s skirt comes from one of Edna’s favourite outfits. Rita Angus’ goddess paintings celebrate a mystical female world, which Angus presents as an alternative to the destructive male culture of wartime (it was painted 1945 - 47). Angus marries Eastern and Western symbolism in this work. The young woman recalls the figure of the Virgin Mary in Christian art. The painting’s title on the other hand evokes the Buddhist divinity Kuan Yin, who represents mercy and compassion. Angus was deeply drawn to Buddhism at this time. We also have this print available in the same size as the original painting.

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