Power and tension in the shadows and shapes. The ewer and basin are symbols of purity from the antiquity of the early Church and western painting. Dutch painters made good use of symbolism to add narrative and moralistic content. I love the Art Deco figurine and its use in this painting's composition is amazing. The warm light of morning is perfectly drawn (or dawn) in their muted subtlety.
Artist Reply: Thank you for your comments! The yawning figure was the inspiration for this painting. The long nightshirt put me in mind of life in the past.