Frances Hodgkins

Frances Hodgkins

by Samantha Niederman

  • Overview

    Frances Hodgkins (1869–1947) was a painter of landscapes and still lifes, and was a leading figure in the British avant-garde movement of Modernism.

    Originally from New Zealand, it was in Europe, and later Britain, that Hodgkins would develop her recognisable style and palette, moving away from Impressionism to embrace the colours and techniques of Modernism. A brief period of textile design would consolidate the inclusion of pattern in her later work. She was revered for her unique contribution to Modernism, merging the genres of still life and landscape.
    Hodgkins’ work influenced a generation of British artists, the impact of which can still be seen today. Examples of her work can be found in the national collections of museums and galleries around the world, including Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Gallery of Canada and Tate, London.

  • The Modern Women Artists Series

    The MODERN WOMEN ARTISTS series of collectable books reveals an alternative history of art, telling the story of important female artists whose art might otherwise be overlooked, overshadowed or forgotten. Working across a range of disciplines and artistic styles in the first half of the twentieth century, all of the women included in this series were modern. Read together, these books begin to redress the untold history of modern art.

  • Book Details

    • 64 page hardback with 30+ colour illustrations
    • ISBN: 978-1-9160416-1-5
    • Published by Eiderdown Books, September 2019
  • About the author

    Samantha Niederman is an independent curator. Her research for her PhD at the University of York examined the Romantic Modernist pictoral language of Frances Hodgkins and Cedric Morris. Samantha has previously held the position of Curatorial Assistant at the Norton Museum of Art, where she contributed research and assisted with the organisation of the exhibition 'O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York'.  She received an MA University College of London, an MLitt from the University of Glasgow and a BA in the History of Art and Architecture from Boston University.