Conder began painting landscapes in Australia in his late teens. He arrived in Paris to study in 1890 and remained in France for several years. He absorbed the work of the French Impressionists but also became a particular admirer of the American Whistler, whose decorative and elegant paint effects he attempted to capture. Conder sometimes painted on silk in search of extra delicacy. Whistler’s influence is strong in this landscape painted on canvas. It is revealed in the soft graduations of tone and the almost abstract sweep of the blossom which forms artful patterns across the foreground.