The Work

This portrait shows a woman with a calm and pensive air. She possesses a simple beauty, without any ornamentation of clothing or hairstyle. She is offset from the center of the image, and her hair and hands extend beyond the visual frame. She seems to be looking in the direction of the light that creates a shadow behind her chair. There is a diagonal line between that shadow and her face, which looks yellow from the sunlight, and this echoes the yellow diagonal in the painting on the wall.

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