"Toil" - 1942

Exhibited at The London Salon

SDJ's notes:

"Diagonal composition and dramatic lighting were necessary to symbolise action and toil. This example, although staged, has a touch of realism-cum-fancy about it. The unkempt hair, the strained expression, the tattered clothes, the forward bend and the pull on the frayed rope, all conjure up a human being struggling and toiling hard.

The strained arms and the shoulder are strongly lit. The contour of the figure is deliberately made to merge into a suitably lit cloud background so that there is a 'losing' and 'finding' of lines and tones here and there.

In good picture making, the eye and the mind should be exercised and allowed to 'fill up the gaps' of line and tone occasionally"
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"Toil" - 1942

Exhibited at The London Salon

SDJ's notes:

"Diagonal composition and dramatic lighting were necessary to symbolise action and toil. This example, although staged, has a touch of realism-cum-fancy about it. The unkempt hair, the strained expression, the tattered clothes, the forward bend and the pull on the frayed rope, all conjure up a human being struggling and toiling hard.

The strained arms and the shoulder are strongly lit. The contour of the figure is deliberately made to merge into a suitably lit cloud background so that there is a 'losing' and 'finding' of lines and tones here and there.

In good picture making, the eye and the mind should be exercised and allowed to 'fill up the gaps' of line and tone occasionally"
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Date:
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