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Rayon Vert by Sophie Baker

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Rayon Vert

Sophie Baker

35 x 45 cm | 13 x 17 in

Subject: People
Tags: Bathing, Summer, Freedom

Original painting in oil on linen.

"The "green ray" or "rayon vert" is the elusive phenomenon that occurs just before sunset when the last part of the sun disappears below the horizon, It’s said that once you’ve seen a green ray, you’ll never again go wrong in matters of the heart. - the Jules Verne novel the same title pursues this romantic idea - as the girl in the painting runs to catch a glimpse herself."

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Sophie Baker

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There is a palpable tension and edginess in Sophie Baker’s landscapes. Her deserted frontiers, abandoned quarries and overgrown woodlands bear witness to man’s intrusive activity and impact on the landscape. Her compositions suggest a recent exchange or happening, perhaps uncanny – and an atmosphere of hurried departure, of business unfinished.

The reference to human activity permeates the narrative of her compositions as evidenced in the object abandoned or longed for. There is an element of the ritual of human activity that is undefined, at times sinister and yet somehow portentous, and when figures do appear, they seem lost in thought, unguarded and altogether inextricable from their environment. 

This sense of drama, speaks of man’s ongoing attempt to interact with the land, make sense of it and define it, while being always entranced and consumed by it’s romance.

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