'The Picnic Basket' is executed in a simplified painterly style imitating the rural, pastoral manner and the simple wicker construction of the picnic basket reinforces this opinion. This scene of momentary nostalgic reminiscence in the pastoral manner is typical of Donald's work and the pink flower thrown casually across the lid of the picnic basket reinforces the concept of the work as an ephemeral visual memorial. The semi-abstract quality of the food produces an impressionist effect; the thick black outlines of the picnic basket have an uneven and loose construction which reinforces the idea of the artwork as a subjective memory rather than an objective visual record where you would expect an accurate and more precise style.
Donald Manson is a British painter who was born in 1948. Several works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Pastorale' sold at Bonhams Edinburgh in 2006 and several at recent auctions in 2012.
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