On his return home in early October he had been very busy working at his sketches and doing 'some large things for exhibitions,' he told Richard Campbell, such as his majestic The Mountains and Lake, Connemara (1934) and his equally majestic The Village by the Lake (1935). In the present work, his characteristic compositional technique remains unchanged: the visual aspect of the scene is as before, but he has inserted a lake before the distant mountains and a fishing boat to stimulate the eye. The blue of the lake is particularly vibrant and the reflections of the water superbly achieved with impastoed highlights. His tonal variation in the mountains is equally effective and enhances their monumentality, while above the voluminous clouds loom. The overall effect creates a dramatic view in keeping with the glory of Paul Henry's best pictures.
S. B. Kennedy. The present work is numbered 1341 in Kennedy's ongoing catalogue raisonné of Paul Henry's oeuvre.
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