19 March 2010

Article: Hodgkins' watercolour and gouache works on paper (2009)

Title: Primarily a water colourist? The materials and techniques of Frances Hodgkins' watercolour and gouache works on paper
Author: Ute Larsen
Journal: Journal of the Institute of Conservation
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2009
Volume: 32
Issue: 1
Pages: 3-14
DOI: 10.1080/19455220802630735
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Expatriate artist Frances Mary Hodgkins (1869-1947) has been the focus of numerous art historical studies; however, very little is known about her painting practices. Trained as a watercolour artist, Hodgkins took up the use of other paint media in later life. She is most renowned for her work in oil and gouache, but in both cases the paint is applied very thickly, which has caused structural problems, particularly cracking and flaking. A technical study which included the examination of Hodgkins' papers and the analysis of paint was initiated in 2002, focusing on selected watercolours and gouaches from the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamacrmaki collection. It was intended to clarify many of the questions about her use of materials and her technique, which would be of benefit to conservators and curators. This paper presents the findings of the study and discusses aspects of Hodgkins' paint application and the implications for the conservation of her works.

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