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.

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

LL green/brown brush point Scales

LR ochre brush point H Scales 1962

Verso UL (not in artist's hand) ink A262 27

Verso UL (not in artist's hand) ink 1966 Bry-sur-Marne

Verso UR (not in artist's hand) ink 79-202


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

Condition Report

Unstretched and unframed canvas. Pinholes evident upper and lower corners.

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

Title supplied by artist at time of donation, 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


‘Becoming Modern: The paintings of Flora Scales’ by Jennifer Higgie, written for florascales.com, 2022

"In 1962, Scales painted a landscape in Bry-sur-Marne [Bry-sur-Marne [1] [BC044]] in which she all but abandons figuration: greens, blue and yellows, touched with pink and hints of violet, swirl and eddy on the surface of the canvas in hazy strokes."