Girl on the bank of a river

WILLY VAN RIET (1882-1927)

Girl on the bank of a river

1882 to 1927 Belgium

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Reproduction Continental 20th century Artist's convex profile frame with painted finish
Excellent condition
Painted with juicy, plastic brushstrokes which create the texture of grass, foliage and bark through a sensuous impasto, this is a carefully composed landscape which paradoxically bears all the marks of having been produced spontaneously, en plein air. Although there is not an atom of sky visible, the whole painting is saturated with light and with the soft greens and golds of full summer. The seated figure, gazing out through the archway of trees, is partly an optical device which helps to draw the spectator’s eye through to the sunlit bank opposite and its clear reflection in the water, and partly an emotional trigger, giving a contemplative and melancholy cast to the scene. Because we only see her from behind, she loses individualism and expressiveness, becoming a type of Everyman invested with our own feelings. In this light, the landscape becomes highly symbolic, its sunny colours verging on the autumnal, and the river flowing ceaselessly on the journey of life.
Height 31.80 cm (12.52 inches)
Width 40.00 cm (15.75 inches)
External Height 48.30 cm (19.02 inches)
External Width 57.20 cm (22.52 inches)
Oil on canvas
'Will Van Riet'
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