Frances Hodgkins: Leitmotif

Frances Hodgkins: Leitmotif

Exhibition Details

n.(Leit . motif) Recurring image or theme

Frances Hodgkins (1869 - 1947) was ahead of her time in her choice of lifestyle, making her mere existence extremely challenging at times.  Despite these challenges, she achieved greatness as one of Britain's great modernist artists and New Zealand's most celebrated women artists.

Leitmotif is a fascinating illustration of the artist's recurring use of motifs and techniques, particularly her still lifes. Favourite jugs, bowls, plants and pieces of fabric appear again and again, in some instances with only slight changes in composition, and yet such is Hodgkins skill that each work has a form and charm of its own.

Image: Frances Hodgkins, Red Jug (detail), 1931, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Date
Curated by
Mary Kisler
Cost
Free entry

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Flute Players
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circa 1933
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Size (h x w)
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Credit line
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1933-1935
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Eggs and Ferns
Eggs and Ferns

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Phoenician Pottery and Gourds
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circa 1933
Medium
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Size (h x w)
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the Winstone Bequest, 1954
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Purbeck Farm
Purbeck Farm

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
1942
Medium
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Size (h x w)
768 x 906 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1955
Accession no
1955/32
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Ibiza - Study for Oil
Ibiza - Study for Oil

Frances Hodgkins

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1933
Medium
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Size (h x w)
424 x 555 mm
Credit line
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Ornaments
Ornaments

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
1942
Medium
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Size (h x w)
565 x 384 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1956
Accession no
1956/28
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The Spanish Well, Purbeck
The Spanish Well, Purbeck

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
1945
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
860 x 835 x 55 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Mr P D Hodgkins, 1959
Accession no
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Girls with a Jug
Girls with a Jug

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Production date
circa 1930
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Size (h x w)
545 x 415 mm
Credit line
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Lancashire Family
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Frances Hodgkins

Production date
1927
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
830 x 847 x 85 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1963
Accession no
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Self Portrait: Still Life
Self Portrait: Still Life

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
circa 1935
Medium
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Size (h x w)
970 x 840 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1963
Accession no
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Two Children
Two Children

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
circa 1930
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
934 x 812 x 55 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Lucy Carrington Wertheim, 1969
Accession no
1969/7
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Bradford-On-Tone, Geoffrey Gorer's Cottage
Bradford-On-Tone, Geoffrey Gorer's Cottage

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
1940
Medium
gouache
Size (h x w)
544 x 412 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1970
Accession no
1970/19
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Vase with Handles - Notes for Colour
Vase with Handles - Notes for Colour

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
circa 1929
Medium
pencil
Size (h x w)
311 x 230 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1971
Accession no
1971/28/1
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Cassis
Cassis

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
circa 1920-circa 1921
Medium
chalk
Size (h x w)
337 x 382 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1972
Accession no
1972/6
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Red Jug
Red Jug

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
1931
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
838 x 748 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982
Accession no
1982/46/1
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Berries and Laurel
Berries and Laurel

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
circa 1930
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
828 x 955 x 100 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the William James Jobson Trust, 1982
Accession no
1982/46/2
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Ibiza
Ibiza

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
1932-1933
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
820 x 950 x 95 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982
Accession no
1982/46/3
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Pastorale
Pastorale

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
circa 1929-circa 1930
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
960 x 835 x 85 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982
Accession no
1982/46/4
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Village Scene, Peaslake
Village Scene, Peaslake

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
circa 1929
Medium
black chalk
Size (h x w)
355 x 540 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1988
Accession no
1985/9/2
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Untitled (Vase of Flowers)
Untitled (Vase of Flowers)

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
circa 1929
Medium
pencil
Size (h x w)
398 x 256 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2005
Accession no
2005/32/2
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Jug
Jug

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
circa 1929
Medium
pencil
Size (h x w)
311 x 230 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2005
Accession no
2005/32/3
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Chinese Vase - Notes for Colour
Chinese Vase - Notes for Colour

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
circa 1929
Medium
pencil
Size (h x w)
310 x 230 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1971
Accession no
1971/28/4
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Arrangement of Jugs
Arrangement of Jugs

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
1938
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
457 x 610 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Miss H Ritchie, 1956
Accession no
1956/21
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The Root Crop
The Root Crop

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
1943
Medium
gouache
Size (h x w)
382 x 566 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the Winstone Bequest, 1954
Accession no
1954/9/2
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Basket of Fruit. [verso: Landscape - Note for Colour].
Basket of Fruit. [verso: Landscape - Note for Colour].

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
1935
Medium
pencil
Size (h x w)
310 x 230 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1971
Accession no
1971/28/6
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Jug with a Lid
Jug with a Lid

Frances Hodgkins

Production date
circa 1940-circa 1941
Medium
pencil
Size (h x w)
305 x 228 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1971
Accession no
1971/28/3