- Oil on canvas
- Gift of the Friends of the Christchurch Art Gallery, 2020
- 2485 x 1485mm
Paris-born Louise Henderson was in her mid-eighties when she took up one of the most ambitious artistic projects of her long career: painting a series of twelve large cubist-inspired canvases tracking the months of the year. Huge and highly immersive, December reflects a twofold response to the season.
In its uninhibited working of abstract colour and form, it echoes the joyful mood of summer. It also contains an encrypted Christmas nativity, an established art historical theme given new, personal expression. The journeying turbaned kings from the east are just detectible at top, giving tribute to the hidden Christ Child.
(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )