People's Choice

Convent Garden, Brittany

William John Leech (1881-1968)
A Convent Garden, Brittany, c.1913
Oil on canvas
132 x 106 cm
Presented by May Botterell, 1952

This painting struck me on my first visit to the Gallery when I was in secondary school, and has captivated my attention since. The freshness of the greens, yellows and whites alongside the heavy impasto brushstrokes has always made me gaze at it for a just a moment longer. Leech perfectly captures the peace and tranquillity of the garden setting as the sunlight streams in, and the whole work has an air of mystery to it, as if we have stumbled into a private moment.

Shauna Sweeney, Intern, Centre for the Study of Irish Art

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