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Hodgkins, Frances Mary (New Zealand, b.1869, d.1947), Artist
The Weir
1943
oil on plywood
550 x 677 mm
22-1967
Collection of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Purchased 1967 with funds from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society
Apart from a short stay at Cerne Abbas in Dorset, Frances Hodgkins spent most of 1943 at Corfe Castle. Her letters tell of the everyday battle to live and paint in these difficult years and it is tempting to see this magnificent painted weir, with its continual dark rush of water, as a grim metaphor for the relentless tides of war. But look again at the plants springing in the grass beside the stream, the light on the horizon behind the leafless trees and the joyous scampering of paint across the surface. Once again, she has worked her magic and created a perfect miniature world of beauty.

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