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Janet Lynch

Girl by the Sea with a Bird

Oil on canvas
100 x 80 cms
Framed size: 110 x 90 cms


The simplicity and balance of this painting is breathtaking: a Matisse-like figure of a woman holds a bird – symbol of freedom – over her heart, and behind her the ocean stretches out, a perfect expanse of cobalt blue. She is partly surrounded by a frame of what could be flags or a patterned wall, although this frame does not enclose her entirely; the vista to the right opens onto the sea. The palette includes only two primary colours – blue and yellow – and the absence of red indicates that this is a scene free from passion, anger or aggression. Its beautiful simplicity of colour is echoed in the lines of her face and body, creating a painting which fills the viewer with joy and calm.

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On show in our Fore Street, St. Ives gallery

Provenance: From the artist's studio

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