"I feel that if I had known what was before me, I should never have had the courage to begin."
Frances Hodgkins is regarded as one of New Zealand's most revered expatriate artists.
With a career that spanned over 50 years, the works of Frances Hodgkins capture the spirit of an era.
Boys Fishing is most likely to have been completed by Hodgkins during her stay in Holland between 1907-1908. At the turn of the twentieth century, Holland, like Concarneau in Brittany, remained a popular location among artists who praised its rusticated purity that was seen to be an oasis amid the oppressive nature of British and French industrialisation.