Frances Hodgkins Seated Woman c.1925–30

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Artist
Frances Hodgkins 1869–1947
Title
Seated Woman
Date c.1925–30
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

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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’.

February 2010

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