The painter’s eyes are hidden by the brim of his hat as he delicately applies paint to the canvas, pinky up. I’ve always found paintings of painters painting so unique; as an opportunity to reveal what they think about their own craft. This one glorifies by simplifying, as the painter’s companion lies next to him in the grass, with their shining canoe resting behind them – tail end still in the water.
He’s even using his fishing rod to prop up his canvas, as a way of officially merging these two very leisurely activities. The wisps of grass flow up all around the couple, raising them up into a cloud of green and white. The lake behind is one flat color, like a plate of glass with nothing behind it.
|Photo from the History of Photography blog