Romijn’s technique is reminiscent of the old masters, with a sense of modernity in the simplicity and directness of the composition. The figure emerges from the muted background, her skin tones rendered in a way that suggests both softness and strength. Her expression, with eyes gazing upward, conveys a sense of longing or contemplation, inviting the viewer to ponder what thoughts might be passing through her mind.
The painting’s mood is contemplative and somewhat introspective; suggesting an internal narrative that the viewer is not privy to but can sense is profound. There’s a timeless quality to the work, as though the subject is both in the present and beyond it, captured in a moment of stillness that speaks to universal emotions.
A soft lament in visual form
The title ‘A stroke of light’ reflects the solemn beauty of the piece and the way light seems to play a central role in bringing the subject to life, much like a soft lament in visual form. It conveys a sense of narrative and depth, hinting at the subtle emotional undercurrents at play in the subject’s expression and posture.
- Size (h w d): 37.5 x 30 x 1 cm
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Framed Size (h w d): 52 x 45 x 5 cm
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