Flora Macdonald Reid (1861–1938)
Oil on canvas
99 x 49 cm; framed, 121 x 81 cm.
Fleming Collection, Id. 810
Reid captures the beauty of the everyday, finding it even in the grind of daily labour, in a manner similar to that of Jules Bastien-Lepage. Bastien-Lepage was an important influence on James Guthrie, too: see Guthrie's The Shepherd Boy. But Reid's more closely detailed work is a less sentimentalised example of this kind of rural naturalism.
Photograph and comment by Jacqueline Banerjee; photograph taken with permission, for the review of the exhibition linked above. [Click on the image to enlarge it, and mouse over the text for links.]