Right of Garden, Landscape


This charming painting depicts a curated garden in summer, and is by Hans Iten, the finest flower painter of his time. The garden is flooded in bright sunlight, while the trees in full leaf cause dappled shade. The composition makes the picture seem as though it is being viewed through a window, the tops of the trees projecting out of the picture plane. This gives the viewer the sense that they are experiencing the view through the trees in real life.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed)53.3 x 67.3 cm / 21.0 x 26.5 ins
SIGNATURE: Signed lower left
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas


Known as John to his friends, Iten was hailed as the finest flower painter in Ireland during his day. In addition, he completed many landscapes, drawing inspiration from the countryside of County Antrim and County Down. He also painted a number of Swiss rural scenes. In 1930, Iten (along with Charles Lamb and Frank McKelvey and others) was among the first artists elected to the Ulster Academy of Arts. Unfortunately he died later the same year while on a visit to Switzerland. In 1971, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland staged a highly successful retrospective exhibition of Iten’s works.

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