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This painting depicts Paule, the artist's wife, together with their first child Rémi. Wilkie seems to have admired and responded to this image of quiet harmony, domestic security and family tenderness. In common with Lessore's work in general, the atmosphere of a particular moment has been captured and revealed through the relation of the figures. The sense of calm and intimacy is enhanced further by Lessore's use of subtle differences in tone, and subdued colours. At the same time the brushwork has a freshness and immediacy which evoke the sense of an informal scene glimpsed momentarily.

September 2004