Frances Hodgkins — Blue Barges
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Lot 38778



New Zealand, (1869 – 1947)

Blue Barges

c. 1941

Watercolour, pencil, chalk and bodycolour

51 x 41 cm


NZD $30,000
(incl. BP & GST if applicable)

Auction Closed

Sun. Apr. 29 2012 at 8:00pm (NZST)

Lot Notes

Blue Barges is available to view at Ocula, level one, 25 Sale St, Freemans Bay, Auckland.

Artist Profile

Frances Hodgkins was the daughter of watercolourist, William Mathew Hodgkins and tutored by the Italian impressionist painter, Giolamo Nerli in his Dunedin (South Island, New Zealand) studio in the early 1890s.

She travelled between New Zealand and Europe from 1901 to 1913, being exposed to British and French impressionist 'plein-air' painting, and developing an interest in light, movement and colour.

Returning to England and France in 1913, her work increasingly revealed elements of European modernism in portrait and still life paintings particularly influenced by the work of Edouard Vulliard and Pierre Bonnard. From 1929 until 1934, Hodgkins belonged to the English avant-garde group, The Seven and Five Society, establishing a reputation as a leading contemporary British artist. A series of watercolours and gouache paintings of still life studies in ambiguous, symbolic landscapes received critical acclaim when exhibited in London through the 1930s.

Hodgkins was the subject of a Penguin Modern Painters monograph in 1947 and posthumously achieved prominence in New Zealand in the late 1950s. Works are held in all major art museums in New Zealand and in the Tate Gallery, London. 


The art work is in nice original condition, with good strong colour. No evidence of repairs or tears. Please note that I did not remove this art work from the frame in order to conduct this condition report.
Sold Bohams & Goodman, Sydney.
Private collection, Waikato


Leicester Galleries 1941

Signature and Inscriptions

The work is unsigned, but it is in its original frame with three original labels on the back including a Leicester Galleries label. Leicester Galleries was Frances Hodgkins representative dealer in London.

Condition and Measurements

The art work is in good original condition, with good strong colour. No evidence of repairs or tears. Please note that we have not removed this art work from the frame in order to conduct this condition report.


Excluding Frame:
51 cm
41 cm
Overall Size (including frame, if applicable):
66 cm
55 cm
3 cm

View At Ocula Black Gallery

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Level One
25 Sale Street
Freemans Bay
New Zealand

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Artwork Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Artwork Dimensions (including frame, if applicable): 66 x 55 x 3 cm
Artwork Weight: 10 KG

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Bid History

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brandlab NZD $15,500
28 April at 9:43 a.m.

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