Image of - Iris at Bagatelle

Iris at Bagatelle

70cm x 120cm / 28in x 47in
Oil on Canvas
The Iris garden at Bagatelle is world famous for its variety of rare and brilliantly colored specimens. The garden is enclosed by a high deep green hedge, a hidden, almost secret space separated from the rest of the garden. The irises were at the height of their bloom the day I decided to paint them from the far corner of the rectangular garden near the fountain. I painted fast and furiously as the clouds were threatening, completing the first “pass” in less than 3 hours. The next day a violent hail storm destroyed the large majority of the irises, but I had captured them forever.