Frances Hodgkins

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1869, d.1947

Farmyard

  • Gifted by the Contemporary Art Society, London, 1967
  • Gouache
  • 800 x 900mm
  • 69/57
  • c. 1940

Farmyards were a constant source of imagery throughout Hodgkins’s career. This is one of several farmyard paintings she completed around 1940 with a central motif of wagon wheels. In ‘Farmyard’ the spokes of the two wheels stand out starkly against a muted background. The wheels take on an almost anthropomorphic quality, resembling two intimidating eyes staring out at the viewer. As is typical of her late period, Hodgkins’s treatment of the subject is loose and lyrical, with highly simplified forms used to represent the houses and church in the background. (Brought to Light, November 2009)