Belgian Mother and Child

Frances Hodgkins, Artist

This is one of the watercolours in our collection. It was made in circa 1914. The place where it was made is unknown.
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About the Work
This shows the hallmarks of Hodgkins' watercolour painting, with blended colours and a loose vigorous style.

“I only ever saw real poverty once – in post war Tyneside docklands. A fireman on my father's ship had died, and my brother and I took the bus down to the dark, serried rows of houses, with some toys for the children. The woman who opened the door looked just like this woman – her eyes hollow in a wracked face. To me, this painting is also a comment on an age old aspect of Motherhood – self-denial. This fat little chub seems to have leached all its vibrancy out of its mother.”

April Pearson, a founding member of the Whanganui Potters Society for the July 2020 instalment of the My Choice exhibition series.
Image 610 x 465mm
Frame 900 x 770mm
watercolour on paper
Loosely painted image of a woman wearing a hat with a child on her lap.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Misses D and T Collier, 1968.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Jul 1968



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