Pioneering is part of who we are. That’s why each Ryman village is named after a Kiwi or Aussie trailblazer. Anthony Wilding, Lady Diana Isaac, Evelyn Page to name a few. They lived with passion and purpose, they pushed further, they went beyond the ordinary. That’s exactly what we strive to do every day at Ryman. To pioneer a new way of living, for a new retirement generation.
Frances Hodgkins (1869–1947)
Frances Hodgkins is one of New Zealand’s finest expat artists and was considered one of Britain’s leading artists at the time of her death in 1947. A key figure in British Modernism in the later stages of her career and a highly considered member of Britain’s avant-garde society, Hodgkins lived and breathed experimental artistry.
In 1893, the 24-year-old painter began studying under Italian artist Girolamo Nerli. Two years later, she won the New Zealand Academy of Arts prize for her watercolour painting Head of an Old Woman. During her study and short art teaching career in New Zealand, Hodgkins developed a reputation as a passionate artist with a vivacious style.
Among her many accomplishments and recognitions, a University of Otago fellowship was established in her honour in 1962. Abroad, Hodgkins was the first woman to instruct at the Colarossi Academy in Paris where she also founded the School for Water Colour.
Letters of Frances Hodgkins by Linda Gill, published in 1993, sheds light on the inspiration, fortunes, people, and landscapes Hodgkins encountered in her life. The Penguin Modern Painters book series published in 1948 includes Frances Hodgkins by Myfanwy Evans. The two were the only female artist and author published in the series.