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Frances Hodgkins Self Photograph
New Zealander, 1869-1947

A New Zealand Artist in the European Spotlight

Frances Hodgkins (1869–1947) was a pioneering New Zealand-born artist known for her vibrant and innovative approach to modernist painting. Throughout her career, she worked extensively in Europe, where she became associated with the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century. Hodgkins’ work often featured landscapes, still lifes, and portraits, characterized by bold colors and dynamic compositions. Her unique style combined elements of Post-Impressionism and Fauvism, making her a significant figure in modern art. Despite facing challenges as a woman artist, Hodgkins achieved international acclaim, and her legacy continues to influence contemporary New Zealand art.

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