- HODGKINS, Frances
- Frances Hodgkins was a New Zealand painter who lived, from 1901 onwards, mainly in England and France. In Paris she taught watercolour painting at the Academie Colarossi from 1907, and later in her own school, becoming known as a plein-air painter. She probaly met Emily Carr about 1910/11. She returned to Australia and New Zealand to exhibit in 1906 (unhappily) and 1912/3 (very successfully). In 1914 she moved from Paris to Cornwall, returning for a time to Paris in 1920, when her style was transformed from a sub-Impressionist with overtones of Bonnard and Vuillard into one which, particularly after 1930, shows a number of influences, some transitory, from Gaughin, Matisse and Chagall, as well as lesser figures such as Dufy and Laurencin. Her subjects are quietly domestic; figures, occasional portraits, flowers and landscapes, at first in watercolour. but after 1914 in oils, and lyrical in colour.
There are works in New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin) and in Bristol, London (Tate) and Temple Newsam nr Leeds.
- Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)
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