This piece was just collected this week, from a Galerie that sold my work for a number of years, here in France.... I have always loved "telling the stories" of a humble, typical working life, in France. From the guy who owns a Cheese shop, To the Fleuristes..... The Restaurant servers, and the Fishmongers; everyone going about the tasks of a typical day in France, interest me.... In this scene, it's as if we ( the viewers) are passing by along a path not far from where this Villager is hanging up her little girl's freshly washed clothes.... She looks over as she smooths a sleeve, with a look neither warm or inviting.... The scene in the distance implies that it is a small Village in the distance ( where she likely lives) and is therefore unaccustomed to seeing strangers passing by... She's hung a birdcage on the limb of the tree, and allowed the birds a bit of outdoor exercise.... We see flowers picked, strewn on the chair and some already arranged in a vase, that she will take home with her, to be placed on the Table in the kitchen... I love the tranquility of this scene, but also the authenticity of the Woman's attire, expression, unkempt hair, and the elements of her work at hand. This canvas is painted black around the edges, making it suitable for hanging, unframed....