A delightful study of an elderly Cornish woman picking daffodils in the spring sunshine. Signed lower left. Presented in an attractive gilt frame. Oil on canvas, 20ins x 24ins.
The title 'Cornish Country Woman' derives from the family who owned the painting. The location is possibly in or around Lamorna, where there is traditionally a good showing of wild daffodils during the spring months.
The assured modelling of the kindly old lady is very similar to that of the figures in one of Forbes' major works, 'The Seine Boat' (1904). The idyllic rural subject seems to have been popular with Forbes between 1915 and 1920, examples are 'Three Generations' (1915), 'White Horse' (1917) and 'At Noonday' (1918). The latter work features a farm girl, similarly modelled against a loosely painted landscape.
Oil on canvas -
20ins x 24ins -