Sea Shell Whites
On the surface this “fair woman seaside” beachscape incorporates much of Lovely’s standard imagery (Nantucket basket, white dress, bow and parasol), but in deeper comparison this is Lovely, deconstructed. The palette compared to her others in this style of piece is more muted and neutrals-based than the traditional pastel and high-vibrations of her coastal figures. Moreover each element is subtly “undone.” Maxi dress is off-shoulder, bow untied, basket empty being in-progress, filled with collected shells, hair is uncovered and without standard summer hat, and the solid pink parasol becomes a translucent, lace-edged stand-in. Compositionally, Lovely maintains her common themes and art theory, including voyeuristic viewpoint, anchored triangle of centered subject, and overlapping images across diagonals created in sea, surf, and sand. This painting captures winter in Captiva, Florida, 1990, and delivers on the so-called wintery-summer mood.
Dimensions: 22H x 30W | Medium: Oil on Linen