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A man sits on a spit of land, his body reaching towards the sea, the line of his gaze drawing our eyes to the boats he watches. Perhaps he longs to be on board; perhaps he looks out for someone about to land. Or perhaps he’s just held by the visual poetry of the vessels themselves, the seemingly endless number of blues in the vast sky or the perfect reflections in the limpid water. On the right, a state yacht waits for the breeze, its sail barely moving, the Dutch colours at its peak drooping and its crew idle.
Oil on canvas
H 48.3 x W 48.1 cm
Salting Bequest, 1910