Vertical washes have been used to rapidly map the walls of the large salon in which these women are sitting, the windows thrown wide open to the garden beyond, allowing cooling breezes to enter. Curving lines of colour dance and tumble across the middle ground, and while the two figures at the piano are clearly defined, the woman bending over the table on the left takes longer to identify. This may have been acquired or given as a gift to the owner, as it is the only watercolour in the group that Hodgkins has signed, indicating that she considers the work to be finished.
watercolour and charcoal
Signed lower right: Frances Hodgkins
Private Collection, France.
Galerie Mathieu Neouze, Paris, France.
Purchased by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki from Galerie Mathieu Neouze, Paris, France, 2007.
2011; Frances Hodgkins: Colour and Light
2019; Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys