Ocean Breeze

  • At first glance, this painting seems to be a still life.
  • Albeit, it is an unusual still life in which a vase appears to be holding several palm trees and a girl.
  • There is a boy leaning against a boat.
  • The young couple may remind us of the artist's painting Flirt.
  • We can suppose that the boy is persuading the girl to sail away with him while the wind is favorable.

We are constantly drawn back to the center of the composition: the vase on the table in the foreground is empty, yet it contains a girl! Like a delicate bubble, it separates her inner world from the outside realm where the ocean breeze reigns free and the palm trees nod their heads in unison.

The curtain in the foreground acquires a symbolic meaning, turning into a sail filled with the wind of hope – the hope of going ahead with the proposed romantic excursion. Similar symbolism can be found in one of the artist's earlier works, Wind, where a billowing shirt also is associated with a sail of hope.

The wind twists the clouds into conch shells that are mirrored in the shells brought to the table by the ocean. Both the sky and the ocean are the elements from which man derives his energy.