Frances Hodgkins

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1869, d.1947

Zipp

  • Purchased 1979
  • Oil on canvas
  • 825 x 950mm
  • 79/443
  • 1945
earlier labels about this work
  • Brought to light, November 2009- 22 February 2011

    I can’t tell you the horror of the blackout and the effects on your nerves – the want of ventilation at night is very tiring – perhaps the nastiest part of it all. So wrote Frances Hodgkins to her brother William in March, 1940. The sombre tones seen in Zipp reflect the detrimental physical and psychological effects the Second World War had on her health; the subject, a still life of her clothing and personal effects, is a symbolic self-portrait and a metaphor for her experiences during the war.

    Ape to Zip, 13 May 2005 - 8 October 2006

    Frances Hodgkins was born in New Zealand and became famous for her paintings in Europe. During wartime in England, some of her things were stolen. She remembered those things by putting them into this wonderful painting. Can you find a zip, a belt, and some shoes …? Other things here might be harder to recognise.