Self Portrait: Still Life

circa 1935
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Catalogue number
circa 1935
Brief Description
In later life, Hodgkins invariably felt uncomfortable about being photographed, partly perhaps because she was an older woman competing in a young Modernist market. She never painted a traditional self-portrait, but instead created highly individual, semi-abstracted groups of favourite objects – scarves, shoes, belts, jewellery and flowers, which provide what today seems like a Post-modern metaphor for the self. This strategy of self-representation was very unusual for this period.

Although the majority of Hodgkins’ oil paintings are on canvas, a few like this one are on cardboard, providing a smoother surface on which to work.

(Frances Hodgkins - Leitmotif, 2005)
oil on cardboard
762 x 635 mm
Frances Hodgkins
Institutional number
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1963
Subject person
Mr Eardley Knollys, London, England.
Purchased from Mr Eardley Knollys with the aid of the P D Hodgkins Bequest, 1963.
Arthur Howell, Frances Hodgkins: Four Vital Years, Rockliff, London, 1951| pp.105, 127
Leo Bensemann, Barbara Brooke, Ascent: A Journal of the Arts in New Zealand: Frances Hodgkins: Commemorative Issue, Caxton Press, Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand, Christchurch, 1969| p. 7 (colour ill.)
Frances Hodgkins 1869-1947: A Centenary Exhibition, Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand, Auckland, 1969| ill. 93
E H McCormick, Portrait of Frances Hodgkins, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 1981| p. 4 (ill.)
Anne Kirker, New Zealand Women Artists, Auckland, 1986| p. 77 (colour ill. 5)
Iain Buchanan, Michael Dunn, Elizabeth Eastmond, Frances Hodgkins: Paintings and Drawings, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 1994| p. 147 (colour ill.)
R. D. J. Collins, Hodgkins '97: Papers From the Symposium Held at the University of Otago, 4-6 April 1997, to Mark the 50th Anniversary of Frances Hodgkins's Death, Hocken Library, University of Otago, Dunedin, 1998| p. 94 (ill.)
Kate Gallagher, Frances Hodgkins: A Modernist Eye, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland, 2001| colour ill. 4
Joanne Drayton, Frances Hodgkins: A Private Viewing, Godwit, Auckland, 2005| p. 25 (colour ill.)
Samantha Niederman, Frances Hodgkins, Eiderdown Books, London, 2019| p. [33] (colour ill. 23)
Mary Kisler, Finding Frances Hodgkins, Massey University Press, 2019| p. [355] (colour ill. 71)
Catherine Hammond, Mary Kisler, Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys, Auckland University Press, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland, 2019| p. [3] (colour ill. 1.2]