A wall of sandy rock overgrown with shrubs, tall grasses, tendrils and angular roots, rises steeply from a pond or slow-moving stream. The painter has skilfully captured the textures of the rocks, the play of light on the leaves and the dense luxuriance of the undergrowth. Three female bathers dressed in white ease themselves into the water. The addition of these figures transforms the landscape sketch from a direct study of nature into a timeless arcadian scene.
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN