Period: The war years

Embankment gardens Embankment gardens
Embankment gardens

painted in London, c. 1943

oil on cardboard 63.5 x 76 cm

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Elder Bequest Fund, 1943


Coming from the dry Adelaide landscape, Bowen was delighted by the green of England, and it became a motif in many of her landscapes:

I can never forget my first sight of the infinitely repeated layers of young green beech leaves, spraying down from the huge, delicately-drawn trees. I had never imagined such a prodigality of verdure nor such radiantly blue distances.