Bry-sur-Marne Looking Towards the Marne Valley

Landscape. Centre lower edge path curves to right through trees. Central pale horizontal element. Centre right larger grey/blue structure almost at horizon. Broken line of hills on the horizon. Pink, lavender and grey sky.

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

LL ochre brush point Scales

Verso pencil (not in artist's hand) No 10, 1965


Purchased by current owner from Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand, exhibition, Helen F V Scales, 1975-1976

Private sale, Auckland, New Zealand, 2020

Current Collection

Private Collection

Current Location

Auckland, New Zealand

General notes

Title and date supplied by artist for Auckland City Art Gallery exhibition, Helen F V Scales, 1975-1976. Listed as artwork no. 10 in this exhibition.

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 by Sam Hartnett