- The painting betrays Lazzaro Pisani`s interest in Italian 'Verismo', which like its French counterpart sought tangible truth. Modelling the figure with natural light was quite a novelty at the time, when academic rendering of the figure in 'chiaro scuro' relied heavily on a single controlled sourse of light, both for light and shade aswell as for colour interpretation. This challenge to academic tradition can be seen in the work of Gustav Caillebotte (1848-1894) in France and Umberto Boccioni (1882-1916) in Italy. Pisani set out to show his bravura in his realism and has made it a point to include every possible detail of the physical environment; the floor tiles, the door handles, the weave of the twig of the flower pot containers. The characteristics and texture of the different fabrics in the young lady's dress have likewise been minutely studied. The artist shows the weight of the contents of the pocket by representing folds caused by the pull it is exerting upon the apron. As if to make his intentions clear, that is to capture a fleeting moment, Pisani inscribed on the painting itself "dal vero" beneath the signature.
- The painting portrays a young lady, dressed in a long blue dress and a pink apron, reading a letter in natural light, in a doorway overlooking an internal courtyard decorated with plants blooming in flowers.
- Inscription: The painting carries an inscription "dal vero" beneath the signature. It seems to have been an after thought to the signature, as it is inscribed with a different paint consistency and pigment although almost of the same hue and tonality.
- Repository/Location: National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta)
- : 69.5 x 57 cm
- Neo- Classical [Create]
- Late 19th or early 20th century [Create]
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