Frances Hodgkins (1869 – 1947): Loveday and Ann: Two Women

Frances Hodgkins (1869 – 1947): Loveday and Ann: Two Women

7/25/2021, 3:18:25 PM
Frances Hodgkins (1869 – 1947): Loveday and Ann: Two Women with a Basket of Flowers, 1915, Oil paint on canvas, 67,3 × 67,3 cm, Tate, London Frances Mary Hodgkins was a New Zealand painter chiefly of landscape and still life, and for a short period was a designer of textiles. She was born and raised in New Zealand, but spent most of her working life in England. She is considered one of New Zealand's most prestigious and influential painters, although it is the work from her life in Europe, rather than her home country, on which her reputation rests. During the First World War, Hodgkins stayed in Saint Ives, England, where the prevailing style was far more traditional – of the kind she had outgrown over the previous decade. Her 'Loveday and Ann: Two Women with a Basket of Flowers' from 1915 gives a good idea of how ‘modern’ she had become, in its combination of double portrait and floral still life. In typically individualistic style, this portrait combines the mobility of watercolour with the intensity of oil, showcasing the artist's idiosyncratic drawing and quirky sense of colour. The models were the daughters of two local fishermen. (Tate)

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