The Traveller is an artwork that relies on the muted atmosphere it creates. From the jade green and barely noticeable orange and pink patches at the top of the canvas, Rosette here presents her following with a distinguished addition to her Green Period.
If layering was ever to be noticed in the artist’s approach to her art, The Traveller would be the hand-picked piece to asses the technique. Behind every top layer, between the gaps and within the composition, the viewer catches glimpses of the artwork’s journey and transition.
Moving through the stages like a traveller on the go, this work of art is heavy on gold leaf, whose tonality is further accentuated with the use of warm colours juxtaposed against the colder, muted tones that dominate the majority of the ground.
Within those gaps, interesting points of the painting process can also be seen, particularly in the upper section of the canvas, where light watered down paint bubbles seem to have dried; adding texture and intrigue to the composition.
The top part of the canvas delivers soft, tranquil and translucent textures, while the lower half a bolder, braver and highly textured surface that in comparison with each other create a harmony amidst the voyage.