This is a work by Eliot Hodgkin, cousin of Howard Hodgkin, the abstract painter, he was educated at Harrow and the Royal Academy under Francis Ernest Jackson. By the middle of the 30’s Hodgkin was established as a still life painter but also executed landscapes and murals regularly exhibiting at the Royal Academy. He is perhaps best know for his still lives working in egg tempera.
This particular example, painted in 1950, details the corner of a garden focusing on palms which are picked out beautifully in an array of green tones. There is a real sense of heat in the composition and light which could be almost anywhere in the Italian region. It is a large example in comparison to his very small tempera works.. For further information and details on this painting please click here >>