painting of a 'Mountain Track in Provence'

A small oil sketch made from a point just along the road from 'Un Maison dans les Collines', but this time looking west across the Rhône valley. I was drawn to the graphic quaility of t he track which sweeps into the picture from the right, and climbs up sharply to the crest of the hill just right of centre. The track acts as counter balance to the right to left fall of the slope seeming to hold back the block of trees pressing down from the right. This sense of a crashing wave is picked up by the serpentine motif of the track where it breaks letting the eye fall to the left before being drawn back round into the picture by the spiralling undertow of the hillside.

'Mountain Track in Provence'.
24x16, oil on canvas board, Oct 1998.

Private Collection, USA

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