STODDART, Margaret Olrog;

Alpine Daisies

Watercolour on paper
490 x 640mm

Margaret Olrog Stoddart’s bold and free watercolour technique was based on the application of very wet washes, often sponged to remove colour, over which she worked with light and rapid strokes to provide detail. This watercolour, one of her finest, is adventurous in composition and subtle in its use of blues and purples to suggest depth. It is indicative of her great skill. Frances Hodgkins was moved to describe her work as ‘hopelessly dowdy and uninteresting’, a view not shared by critics or public then or since.

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Fletcher Trust Collection, purchased from John Leech Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau