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Another for #WomeninGardens - So much to like about this! Unlike the garden scenes that are filled with sunshine, this one's set in the evening, and a bit mysterious. The young woman has left her carriage beyond the arch to the left, and appears to be making her way into the garden. An assignation? Is there a gentleman waiting for her in the shadows? She's glancing over her shoulder as if to make sure she's not being followed. Love her stylish clothes, too: the swooping brim of her oversized, an
More #womeningardens - Daniel Ridgway Knight specialized in this kind of painting to great success: young women in romanticized rural clothing and charming flower-filled settings, often in France (note the heavy wooden sabots on her feet.) Yet they always seem a little posed, and although the scythe in this woman's hand and bundle beside her are intended to represent a hard morning's labor, that dainty - and remarkably clean! - hand to the brow isn't particularly convincing. "A Field of Flowers"