One of the most beautiful works made by Van de Woestyne before the war is this Country Girl from 1913, a highly sensitive and refined portrait. The girl is bending her head down but gazing upwards, in a posture frequently adopted by Van de Woestyne's sitters. Her head is out of proportion with her slender torso. The painter displays an extremely keen sense of perception, but has recorded his observation in an austere, almost minimal style. The range of colours, for instance, has been pared down to its pure essentials.Van de Woestyne's broad evolution as a painter is quite remarkable. For an Expressionist work of his, we refer to his Fugue.
SizeH: 36,4 cm
MediumOil on canvas