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Hodgkins, Frances Mary (New Zealand, b.1869, d.1947), Artist
Circular Barn
1939
gouache
570 x 435 mm sight size
7-1971
Collection of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Purchased 1971 with funds from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society
Circular Barn was one of the paintings selected for Frances Hodgkins’s exhibition at the 22nd Biennale de Venezia and when the exhibition was turned back by the outbreak of the Second World War the works were shown at Hertford House in London to great acclaim. ‘During April and May 1940 tributes to Frances Hodgkins frequently appeared in the “quality” press … Eric Newton’s notice in The Sunday Times was headed “A PAINTER OF GENUIS”. The Times called her “one of the most original artists of to-day”, The New Statesman “the most inventive colourist in England”… According to The Jewish Chronicle, she was comparable with Renoir and Bonnard in possessing the power “of growing and continuing to grow long after most people have stopped”.'(1) Frances had just had her seventy-first birthday and despite the looming nightmare of war she could enjoy the sweet sensation of success.

1. E. H. McCormick, Portrait of Frances Hodgkins, p 129

not on view

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