After winning the 1963 Helena Rubinstein Travelling Scholarship, Fred Williams visited Europe. The following year he returned inspired by the work he had seen of Gustave Courbet. This influence can be seen in the generous application of paint in the foliage of this painting. Williams and his family had moved into a small house on two acres of land at Upwey, in the Dandenong Ranges outside of Melbourne. The location of the house and studio in a valley became the inspiration for the high horizon line of this, and many other paintings.
Text by Bernard Smith from Two centuries of Australian art from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria and Thames & Hudson, 2003 p.126