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 pencil, charcoal and watercolour image was created in 1893, when Frances was in her mid twenties. The expression in the sitter’s eyes, the blue of which is reflected in the waterfall-like washes of her top, is captured with wonderful sensitivity to light. It’s hard not to wonder what the girl can see, and what she’s thinking.
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