Frances Hodgkins was a leading New Zealand artist and one of the foremost artists of her generation. The trajectory of her art was influenced by extensive overseas travel.
This watercolour work was painted in 1935-1936, in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza. Trees, rocks, water and earth are expressed in vivid washes. Particularly in the background and at the paper’s edges, areas are left completely blank, allowing colours and shapes to shine. Barely-visible pencil outlines frame the more more structural forms of buildings in the background. At this point in her career, Hodgkin’s work had evolved from an impressionist style to a bold, modernist style.
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