Frances Hodgkins

Untitled [Interior of a Cathedral]

Untitled [Interior of a Cathedral] by Frances Hodgkins

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Architecture rarely served as a subject in itself for Frances Hodgkins, but this rapid sketch may have resulted from her being forced indoors through poor weather. The cathedral in Arles where Hodgkins also painted has shorter Romanesque arches than

seen here. However, Meaux Cathedral, west of Paris, has similar clear horizontal bands on its stone pillars, and Gothic apertures above the side arches. Apart from Claude Monet, who specialised in capturing the shimmering effects of weather

on their façades, the Impressionists struggled with cathedrals because stone tends to absorb rather than reflect light.

Title
Untitled [Interior of a Cathedral]
Artist/creator
Production date
Post 1908
Medium
watercolour
Dimensions
458 x 378 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2007
Accession no
2007/8/17
Other ID
FH0514 Frances Hodgkins Catalogue Raisonné Number, FH1909_016 Old Frances Hodgkins Number
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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