I most especially like the clever use of the black and white striped dress in the left-hand side of the painting. It is this which keeps the work, I think, from sinking into a sugary abyss. To my mind, that pattern anchors the painting. Love the use of light as well and the mellow feel of the family caught in a happy (and very elegant) moment outdoors.
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A family on its way to a happy day on the water. Note that another striped dress appears to serve the same purpose as in the previous painting.