Farm Buildings Bry-sur-Marne
Hazy indication of buildings and trees. Two pale central structures. Left hand structure with roof. Blue mass above left hand structure. Pale band across lower edge. Smaller green mass centre lower edge.
LL ochre brush point F Scal (overpainted)
Verso LR framer's label Osborne Fine Arts Ltd, 344 Tinakori Rd, Wellington
Verso UL black felt pen (in Janet Paul’s hand) FLORA SCALES, south of Paris, for Joanna with love, 14.xii.93
Verso LL on frame inverted black ballpoint pen Janet
Titled and dated according to information given by the artist to the original owner, Janet Paul, 1979.
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
Photos courtesy Magdalena Harris, 2021