Finding Frances Hodgkins

Book Author  Mary Kisler
Rights Available World excl. NZ

A fresh new look at where, when and why Frances Hodgkins painted some of her best-known works. Frances Hodgkins, New Zealand’s most celebrated artist, left the country in 1901, determined to succeed. In this engaging book, curator Mary Kisler follows in Hodgkins’ footsteps through England, France, Italy, Morocco, Spain and Wales to discover the locations in which Hodgkins constantly pushed her exploration of modernism. Warm, insightful, fresh, expert and richly illustrated, this handsome book sheds new light on Hodgkins’ life, art and social milieu.

Longlisted for the 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

About the Author
Mary Kisler
is the Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Mary earned her master’s degree in art history and Italian at the University of Auckland in 1994. She has been a curator at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki since 1998, caring for a collection that spans from c.1150 to 1950, a large part of which is European art but which also includes a small collection of Indian miniatures and Japanese ukiyo-e prints.

In 2010 Godwit published her book Angels & Aristocrats: Early European Art in New Zealand Public Galleries. In 2019 the Auckland Art Gallery will publish her Hodgkins catalogue raisonnée to accompany a major Hodgkins exhibition.


Massey University Press


200 x 148mm

Flexibind with jacket

Non Fiction

Memoir & Biography

Publication Date
May 2019

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


Nicola Legat, Massey University Press

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Massey University Press is giving the established players in New Zealand art publishing some stiff competition with their elegantly produced and beautiful books ... Kisler writes with a light touch and includes herself in the narrative without being intrusive, in such a way that getting to know her is a natural and pleasant component of the text and doesn’t distract from Fanny H. at all. ... It’s also handsomely illustrated with reproductions of Hodgkins’ paintings (kudos for keeping those tricky colour values true), illustrative material and Kisler’s snaps of the scenery as it is today. I love it.

Andrew Paul Wood, EyeContact

Finding Frances Hodgkins is a charming, chatty and well-illustrated travelogue.

Mark Stocker, The Burlington

An intoxicating mix of past and present. We get the biographical details, the contexts to the paintings and the vicarious fun of distant and exotic places. It has the added benefit of being an easy read, not overly academic, and therefore an ideal gift for art lovers who aren’t particularly interested in theory and just want a rollicking good read. ... [Kisler] is an excellent tour guide and this is another excellent production by Massey University Press, rapidly becoming a major player in art publishing in Aotearoa.

Andrew Paul Wood, City Art Reader 26