Frances Hodgkins

Untitled [Woman in a Sunhat]

Untitled [Woman in a Sunhat] by Frances Hodgkins

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This stylishly dressed woman is sitting at the stern of a boat, her hand steadying her hat against the sea breeze. The strong reflections of light behind her signal it is late afternoon. Earlier painters such as Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Édouard Manet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted similar compositions in oils. Yet Frances Hodkgins is never derivative. She noted: '. . . it is so easy to paint like your master & to think other people’s thoughts, the difficulty is to be yourself, assimilate all that is helpful but keep your own individuality, as your most precious possession – it is one’s only chance.

Untitled [Woman in a Sunhat]
Production date
circa 1910
312 x 310 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, The Ilene and Laurence Dakin Bequest, purchased 2007
Accession no
Other ID
FH0539 Frances Hodgkins Catalogue Raisonné Number, FH1910_018 Old Frances Hodgkins Number, 10.18 RW Number
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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