Valentine Cameron Prinsep
Il Barbagianni (The Barn Owl), ????
Oil on canvas
The season, the dead leaves, the smoke and the sunset are all images of transience, reminders that all things must pass It is a setting redolent of decay and death that makes us conscious that the girls in the foreground, for all their youth and beauty, must inevitably go through the same processes.
George Joy wrote of this painting:Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fattened ox served with hatred.
"It is spring-time, as is suggested by the daffodils which the man has picked on his way from work. Their fare is of the simplest; and, though the young wife feels the cares of life, and perhaps the pinch of poverty, yet love sits at the feast."Isn't it sweet? :)