|William John Leech "Girl with a Tinsel Scarf."|
Leech studied in Paris before traveling to visit regional areas of France, where many artists combined Impressionist sensibilities with accurate drawing.
|William John Leech "The Sunshade" c.1913|
Oil on canvas, 81 x 65 cm
|William John Leech "A Convent Garden in Brittany"|
National Gallery in Dublin
"In this picture, Leech’s first wife Elizabeth poses as a novice of the Soeurs du Saint-Esprit, looking up contemplatively from her prayer book, as nuns from the same order, their heads bowed in prayer, process through the shadows in the background. The setting is the walled garden of the nuns’ hospital and convent in Concarneau, in which Leech had convalesced in 1904, having contracted typhoid fever. Elizabeth wears the Breton bridal costume traditionally donned by novices on the day they took their final vows.
The painting reflects an interest in the religious devotion of the Breton community that Leech shared with many visiting artists, but also the artist’s particular love of sunlight and pattern."