The proportion of detail packed into this painting is superb, a hallmark of the painter's skill. The intricate carving of the wooden door, against which the subject leans almost helplessly. The pristine flowers in the foreground that add a generous hint of romance to the composition. Despite the limited perspective of this oil, a sense of distance is induced in the viewer (and it is not merely the lamp that is not within view). Her unblinking gaze reaches out into the distance, as she awaits the arrival of a mysterious entity. Clearly he loves him, and the wait for him is driving her mad. She clutches at the door in her ardour. Perhaps that hint of a smile on the corners of her lips are indicative of a deliciously familiar figure emerging in the distance.
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