Story: Culture and recreation in the city

'Homage to Frances Hodgkins' (2nd of 2)

'Homage to Frances Hodgkins'

This sketch by young Christchurch painter William Sutton was a preparatory study for a larger painting, a group portrait of the supporters of the controversial purchase of Frances Hodgkins' 'Pleasure garden'. The group was among the small number of intellectuals and supporters of modern art who began to appear in the main New Zealand cities in the 1950s. Their views on the value of modern art were largely opposed by the urban elite. 'Pleasure garden' was eventually accepted by the city in 1951, but Sutton's painting was subsequently destroyed.

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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
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Oil painting by William Alexander Sutton

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Jock Phillips, 'Culture and recreation in the city - City culture, 1900–1965', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010