Box 2 depicts beautiful summer landscapes abroad by Irish Artists
Around 1923, Swanzy went to Hawaii where her uncle was governor. 'Honolulu Garden' is a direct response to the sensual beauty and bright colour of the surroundings. Swanzy has abandoned all traces of her own distinctively lyrical Cubist style. The tropical landscape and brilliant light captured her imagination and inspired her to comment that she was 'stunned at how many greens that there were in the world'. Here, she has depicted the rich tapestry of the palm and coconut groves, the banana and papaya trees and the criss-cross shadows cast by their jagged leaves on the sandy pathways.
Leech enjoyed painting flowers and plants and painted a number of studies of aloes of which this is a fine example. It is believed that it was painted at Grasse near Les Martiques in France. Leech excelled as a colourist. In this work, his palette is restricted to mainly greens and blues but he used dashes of purple, orange and zinc white to enliven it although he was later dissatisfied with his use of zinc white in this work. The forms of the plants dominate the composition and give the painting an abstract feel. The magnificent, decorative frame in which the painting is encased was also designed by the artist