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.
At the time of this painting’s creation, Frances Hodgkins had secured a contract with the Lefevre Gallery in London and was required to produce 33 new works per year. In this painting, smooth planes of intense colour are combined with areas of hazy washes to form an effect that is both bold and fragile. Careful placement of reds, pinks and yellows adds sweetness, while the texture of paper left bare by paint scratched away creates movement.
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