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Frances Mary Hodgkins (1869-1945)

Biography of New Zealand born artist Francis Mary Hodgkins (1869-1945)

Frances Mary Hodgkins (1869-1945) was a painter in oils and watercolours of landscapes, figures and still life.

Hodgkins was born in Dunedin in New Zealand and was trained largely by her father William Matthew Hodgkins.

Hodgkins studied at Dunedin Art School under the Italian Girolamo Nerli.

In 1901 Hodgkins travelled to Europe and Morocco. She settled in Paris in 1908 and taught art in her own school. Hodgkins returned to New Zealand in 1904-1906 and 1912-1913.

Hodgkins settled in St Ives from 1914.

After the war, Francis Hodgkins travelled again in Europe. She held her first one man show in London in 1928. Hodgkins joined the Seven and Five Society in 1929 and worked alongside Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Henry Moore.

During the 1930s, Frances Hodgkins exhibited regularly at the Leferve Galleries. From 1932 to 1947, she lived at Dorchester.

Frances Hodgkins is most admired for the freely painted works of her later life. She is considered a lyrical colourist and an artistic descendant of Henry Matisse.

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Lot FS28/320: Frances Mary Hodgkins [1869-1945] - Figures in Mediterranean Landscape

Frances Mary Hodgkins [1869-1945] - Figures in Mediterranean landscape - signed in pencil Frances Hodgkins bottom right watercolour heightened with white 48 x 36cm.

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000
Realised: £7,500