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Finding Frances Hodgkins

Mary Kisler

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Soft cover


A fresh new look at where, when and why Frances Hodgkins painted some of her best-known works

Frances Hodgkins, our most celebrated artist, left New Zealand in 1901, determined to succeed. In this engaging book, curator Mary Kisler follows in Hodgkins’ footsteps through England, France, Italy, Morocco, Spain and Wales to discover the locations in which Hodgkins constantly pushed her exploration of modernism.

Warm, insightful, fresh, expert and richly illustrated, this handsome book sheds new light on Hodgkins’ life, art and social milieu.

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‘Massey University Press is giving the established players in New Zealand art publishing some stiff competition with their elegantly produced and beautiful books. Even before diving into Mary Kisler’s Finding Frances Hodgkins, it’s a gorgeous wee thing, conveniently sized for reading on the bus or, appropriately enough, to put in a suitcase and go travelling even further afield. ... Kisler writes with a light touch and includes herself in the narrative without being intrusive, in such a way that getting to know her is a natural and pleasant component of the text and doesn’t distract from Fanny H. at all. ... It’s also handsomely illustrated with reproductions of Hodgkins’ paintings (kudos for keeping those tricky colour values true), illustrative material and Kisler’s snaps of the scenery as it is today. I love it. – Andrew Paul Wood, EyeContact

Finding Frances Hodgkins is a charming, chatty and well-illustrated travelogue’. — Mark Stocker, The Burlington

  • CATEGORY: Art, Creative arts, History
  • ISBN: 978-0-9951029-7-2
  • ESBN: N/A
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 09/05/2019
  • PAGE EXTENT: 432
  • FORMAT: Soft cover
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Mary Kisler is the Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.