This is the first of many outdoor genre paintings. It was painted entirely alla-prima and stands up well compared to any of the 19th and early 20th century impressionists. The use of broken color is in this painting is Lack at the top of his craft. And, not only does the red shawl draw the viewers attention to the figure, it provides the right color note to balance the green of the foliage. The dabs of white in the foreground and on the bushes just behind the figure, are accents of light that provide a sense of sparkle to the picture.
1 Previous owner: Charlotte Nodell Peters (b.1911 – d.2004), mother of Diane