The young girl is captivated by the illustrated book she is reading. Blossoming colour surrounds her: a small azalea tree and a straw hat, embellished with flowers and crowning the reader’s head, vie for the onlooker’s attention. Vivid, rapidly applied brushstrokes accentuate her face. The delicately depicted porcelain complexion is at odds with the surroundings: curtain and window are reduced to pure paint matter; the background verges on abstract. In the midst of this setting of vibrant liveliness, the girl acts as a calm anchor and epitome of concentration.
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