Landscape with Bay is one of two paintings O'Conor devoted to the same subject captured in overcast conditions - a rocky inlet typical of the deeply indented coastline in the vicinity of Cassis. The other version was acquired by the art critic Roger Fry who befriended and corresponded with the Irishman, esteeming him for his modernity and connoisseurship. The present work's limpid colouring and open network of broken brushstrokes are reminiscent of Pierre Bonnard, who was represented in O'Conor's private collection by two oil paintings. The dark tree or bush in the foreground acts as a repoussoir, a spatial anchor point that divides foreground from middle ground and hazy distance.
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