Sunday, August 3, 2008

Perfectly Frances II

"I fluttered my eyelashes. I behaved appallingly," said Auckland Art Gallery curator Mary Kisler, recounting to Sunday Star Times journalist Kim Knight [article not yet online] her visit to Mathieu Néouze, the Parisian art dealer (spécialités: Dessins anciens / Sculpture / Tableaux anciens) who recently sold the Gallery 20 previously unknown watercolours by Frances Hodgkins. The works have apparently been stored in an attic in France since they were painted in the early years of last century.

"I nearly had a heart attack when he sent the images... you know what it's like," said Mary. "Women and shopping. I just thought: we have to have these."

Well yes.

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