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Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947) used recurring motifs in much of her work, particularly her still lifes. Favourite jugs, bowls, plants and pieces of fabric appear again and again, in some instances with only slight changes in composition, and yet such is Hodgkins' skill that each work has a form and charm of its own. A similar pattern occurs in many of the landscapes, or in the unusual still/life-landscape combination which breaks down the traditional division between space and form.

This exhibition will illustrate the artist's recurring use of motifs and techniques with a variety of examples from collections around the country, some of which are relatively unknown.

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Frances Hodgkins: leitmotif