Frances Hodgkins

Seated Woman

c.1925–30

Artist
Frances Hodgkins 1869–1947
Medium
Graphite and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 940 x 597 mm
Frame: 1052 x 710 x 46 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1948
Reference
N05857

Not on display

Display caption

In this portrait Hodgkins uses a series of interlocking patterns in a combination of naturalism and abstraction that she developed from studying the work of Matisse. The ambiguous setting adds to the fantastical, almost surreal effect. This bringing together of a number of sources into an insistently individual work led to what one 1940s critic called Hodgkins' ‘blend of the decorative and the visionary’.

Gallery label, February 2010

Catalogue entry

N05857 SEATED WOMAN c. 1925–30

Inscr. ‘Frances Hodgkins’ b.r.
Pencil and black chalk, 37×23 1/2 (94×60).
Purchased from the Lefevre Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1948.
Coll: Purchased by the Lefevre Gallery from the artist.
Exh: R.S.A., Edinburgh, 1945 (676), as ‘Seated Girl’; Arts Council, Ethel Walker, Frances Hodgkins, Gwen John, Tate Gallery, May–June 1952 (75); Arts Council provincial tour, 1952 (18).
Lit: Arthur R. Howell, Frances Hodgkins, Four Vital Years, 1951, p.111.
Repr: John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery, 1958, p.103.

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Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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