The picture is imbued with a sense of freshness and freedom, the sky and clouds transient in both pattern and nature. The brushwork has been swiftly applied with a directness and assurance that show Henry at the height of his artistic powers and also recalls the influence of Henry's onetime teacher in Paris, Whistler, who taught his students that they should observe things in direct and simple terms and lay them down harmoniously in closely modulated tones. It is this approach which underpins much of Henry's best work.
During the mid to late 1930s Henry's painting had a final glorious flourish and the present work, along with similar examples such as the collection of works done in 1939 for Sean O'Faolain's book, An Irish Journey (London, Longmans, Green, 1940), can be considered as one of the best examples of this last creative surge. Within a year or two Henry suffered an illness which led to almost total blindness and the end of his painting career.
We are grateful to S. B. Kennedy for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.
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