BC044

Bry-sur-Marne

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A non-representational rural landscape with a suggestion of trees and houses. Right of centre, white roughly circular shape, round pink area to its left. Two dark green oval areas to right midground suggest trees. Left hand oval shape has small touches of red paint at right side. Above the circular shapes are two horizontal, roughly rectangular, pale areas. Suggestion of path from lower left to centre and the bars of perhaps a gate or fence.

Date
1962
Object type
painting
Medium and materials
oil on unstretched prepared canvas
Dimensions
270x340mm
Place Made
Bry-sur-Marne, France
Inscriptions

LL green brown brush point Scales

LR ochre brush point H Scales 1962

Verso handwritten A T L Scales, Helen Flora Bry-sur-Marne [ca 1966] (crossed out) [1962] Oil 27 x 34 cms A262/27

Verso UR handwritten 92164 1/2 12 M20

Details
Credit Line

Donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand by H. F. V. Scales, 1979

Condition Report

Pinholes evident in each corner.

Copyright Licence
Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Reference no. A-262-027
Current Collection

Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand

Current Location

Wellington, New Zealand

General notes

Donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand by the artist, 1979. Title supplied by artist at time of donation.

Christiane Devezes, 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