Beneath the blazing of the sun, in that morning of new growth, the countryside rang with song, as its belly swelled with a black and avenging army of men, germinating slowly in its furrows, growing upwards in readiness for harvests to come, until one day soon their ripening would burst open the earth itself.
Self-Portrait (1888). Thérèse Schwartze (Dutch, 1852-1918). Oil on canvas. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
Schwartz realistically displays herself in the act of painting. She wears her glasses and blocks the light from her eyes with her raised hand to better see her reflection in a mirror. She has unbuttoned her sleeves in readiness and pushed them part way up her arm to avoid the paint. The palette she holds is enormous as is the bunch of brushes in her hand.