Story: Painting

Frances Hodgkins, 'Maori woman and child' (1st of 3)

 Frances Hodgkins, 'Maori woman and child'

Frances Hodgkins painted this watercolour in 1900, at a time when she had committed to support herself as a professional painter. In these years she did not follow the examples of her father, William, or her older sister, Isabel, and focus on the landscape. Rather, she became interested in the human figure and showed a particular interest in Māori women. There is a certain sentimentality in Hodgkins's portrayal of the woman and child, but the delicate washes of colour prefigure her style later in her career.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: 1936-0012-62
Watercolour by Frances Hodgkins

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Painting - Problems of isolation, 1900 to 1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 October 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014