Frances Hodgkins

Self Portrait: Still Life

Self Portrait: Still Life by Frances Hodgkins

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In later life, Hodgkins invariably felt uncomfortable about being photographed, partly perhaps because she was an older woman competing in a young Modernist market. She never painted a traditional self-portrait, but instead created highly individual, semi-abstracted groups of favourite objects – scarves, shoes, belts, jewellery and flowers, which provide what today seems like a Post-modern metaphor for the self. This strategy of self-representation was very unusual for this period.

Although the majority of Hodgkins’ oil paintings are on canvas, a few like this one are on cardboard, providing a smoother surface on which to work.

(Frances Hodgkins - Leitmotif, 2005)

Self Portrait: Still Life
Frances Hodgkins
Production date
circa 1935
oil on cardboard
970 x 840 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1963
Accession no
Other ID
1963/21 Old Accession Number, FH1084 Frances Hodgkins Catalogue Raisonné Number, FH1935_017 Old Frances Hodgkins Number, 35.12a RW Number
No known copyright restrictions
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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