This picture is one of a series of eight on the subject of the relationship between outside and inside. All were painted at the artist's studio in Kent during the winter of 1976-77. De Grey likes to paint in the open air in the summer and rework his canvases indoors in his studio in the winter. The artist was here interested in the different qualitites of the landscape seen through the open french window and through the barrier of the glass, with its accidents of smudginess and condensation. De Grey is primarily a landscape painter, but also occupies a major role in the art world as President of the Royal Academy of Arts.
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