Frances Hodgkins

The Spanish Well, Purbeck

The Spanish Well, Purbeck by Frances Hodgkins

Artwork Detail

Her last oil painting, Hodgkins worked on Spanish well, Purbeck over a number of months. The work refers to the blackout, yet the darkness is filled with traces of colour and the memory of light. As the conflict of war came to an end, the artist felt an uplifting of spirits, writing:

My Muse has returned to me – I found her waiting for me on the doorstep faithful wench, which goes to show how futile it is to travel over mountains in search of material when it lies at your own pavement, for the seeing. (Frances Hodgkins - Leitmotif, 2005)

The Spanish Well, Purbeck
Frances Hodgkins
Production date
oil on canvas
860 x 835 x 55 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Mr P D Hodgkins, 1959
Accession no
Other ID
1959/21 Old Accession Number, FH1244 Frances Hodgkins Catalogue Raisonné Number, FH1945_003 Old Frances Hodgkins Number, 45.3 RW Number, 79:13:17A RW Negative Number
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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