Robert Griffiths Hodgins (South African, 1920-2010) The Bus Stop (1999)

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Lot 34
Robert Griffiths Hodgins
(South African, 1920-2010)
The Bus Stop (1999)

Sold for £ 37,500 (US$ 48,462) inc. premium
Robert Griffiths Hodgins (South African, 1920-2010)
The Bus Stop (1999)
signed, dated and titled (verso)
oil on canvas
120 x 91.5cm (47 1/4 x 36in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private collection.

    Exhibited
    Cape Town, João Ferreira Fine Art, Robert Hodgins, May to June 2001.

    Literature
    Atkinson, Powell, Geers, Becker & Godby, ed., Robert Hodgins, (Cape Town, 2002), illustrated p.88.
    S. Williamson, 'Robert Hodgins at João Ferreira', Artthrob, illustrated.


    Hodgins returned to South Africa for the second time in 1953. He was struck by the contrast with post-war Britain. Pretoria appeared to have been untouched by the conflict; a welcome relief to the deprivation and destruction he had experienced in London:

    "For two years I was euphoric...At this time, I painted very handsome nudes...with beautiful skins...Then - and this is where I don't quite know what happened - living in Pretoria, it began to strike me that everything was not quite as kosher as it looked. Slowly, all these beautiful, plump, female nudes became cumbrous and all the handsome, male nudes became heavy and distorted. I may have been quietly changing or I may have been finding out what I really wanted to do out of the training at Goldsmiths. Partly, it took those two years to find out the kind of things that stimulated me to painting, not so much the subject matter." (Robert Hodgins, interview with Rayda Becker in 2001)

    Bus Stop exemplifies this shift in Hodgins' aesthetic. The woman on the bench is broad and squat. She sits slumped, knees splayed. This is no idealized beauty, but an attempt to communicate the reality of human experience. His figures have imperfections, but they do not provoke repulsion. Unaware that she is being watched, the woman has let her guard down. Her vulnerability makes the ungainly posture strangely touching. Hodgins' portraits allow the viewer to share these intimate moments, asking us to be tolerant of humankind's foibles.

    The current lot was displayed at João Ferreira Fine Art in 2001, the first solo exhibition of the artist's work to be held in Cape Town.

    Bibliography
    S. Williamson, 'Robert Hodgins at João Ferreira', Artthrob, available online:
    http://artthrob.co.za/01may/reviews.html
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