- c. 1912
- Purchased with assistance from the National Art Collections Fund, London, 1994
- 375 x 372mm
Frances Hodgkins was a keen plein-air painter, and she enjoyed the shifting light and spontaneity that came with working outdoors. This shimmering watercolour is typical of those she made while traveling around Europe, fitting in her own painting around teaching to pay her way. Her interest in Impressionism can be seen in the fluidity of this painting, where the strong light seems to disrupt and even dissolve the figures and landscape. It also reveals her interest in human relationships; contrasting the concentration of the two young girls, their feet hanging down to reach the water, with the darker, more solid adult figure behind them.
Ship Nails and Tail Feathers, 10 June – 22 October 2023