Louise Henderson

France / Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1902, d.1994

Suddenly a lake appeared among the trees

  • Dame Louise Henderson Collection presented by the McKegg Family, 1999
  • Oil on canvas on board
  • 1242 x 2352mm
  • 99/69.1-3
  • 1991

Painted with her left hand while she recovered from a minor stroke, this important late triptych continued Henderson’s interest in the eye’s perception of overlapping and interlocking forms. Incorporating a finely observed colour palette and a sinuous play of forms across the three large panels, she creates a lively interplay between the smooth orange-grey trunks of light-dappled trees and fractured glimpses of bright blue water.

(Louise Henderson: From Life, 27 June – 11 October 2020)