It is most likely that Frances Hodgkins (1869–1947) began the painting Wings over Water in Bodinnick, Cornwall, in 1931 and completed it in London in 1932. Significant repainting was carried out, resulting in a thick paint layer with a textured surface, a characteristic feature of the artist's work. It is argued here that financial constraints had an effect on her choice of materials. Her colours, so often remarked upon by contemporaries, appear to be the result of a great deal of mixing and the use of surprising combinations of materials.
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