Farm Outside Paris

Rural building with steeply pitched red roof set among trees. Crooked tree trunk to right of the building. Horizontal band of broken blue white brush strokes runs between side framing edges, slightly descending to left. Blurry shapes of foliage mid-centre and possibly flowers at right of this mass.

1958 1959
Object type
Medium and materials
oil on canvas
Place Made
Bry-sur-Marne, France

LL green brush point Scales

Verso UL pencil (Lot 2) James and Sally Williams

Verso framer's stamp (illegible)

Condition Report

Left of centre three white dots and what appears to be a paint mark

General notes

Titled according to information probably supplied by the artist for her exhibition at the home of Mrs Joan Williams in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, 1974.

This may be a scene painted near Bry-sur-Marne where Boris and Christiane Kalachnikoff built a house after their marriage in 1953, or possibly Ste-Geneviève-des-Bois where Kalachnikoff’s parents had a country house.

Christiane Devèze, Boris Kalachnikoff’s wife, in conversations with Marc Bonamie, Paris, France, 2016, “Flora loved to paint outdoors - nature, landscapes - in sunlight. She often drew and painted animals, especially our dogs and cats, and was very happy painting the plum trees in full bloom in our garden at Bry-Sur-Marne. Boris would often walk with her into the countryside to paint the farmland and houses in earlier days. We would sometimes go together to his parents' country house in Genevieve St Bois, to Provence where my parents lived, or to Bleymard in the Lozère District where my family has a holiday house. We all drew and painted happily, side by side, discussing our work all the time, but keeping our own different styles during these painting holidays.” – ‘Christiane Devezes: Conversations and Letters II’, Flora Scales, The Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson, New Zealand, 2018

Images taken from 6x4 reproduction originally taken by B. de Lange, Havelock North, New Zealand, early 1980s.