Artist: Rautiola Antti Title: Enigma, 2010 Medium: Oil on canvas Size:70x76cm
The painting "Enigma" by Finnish artist Antti Rautiola portrays a young girl seated, absorbed in thought or activity. The subdued lighting and the use of shadow create a mood of introspection. Her focus is directed towards her hands, where it appears she is either playing with a small object or perhaps working on a craft. This concentrated activity, paired with her contemplative expression, gives the painting its enigmatic quality.
The setting is intimate, possibly a porch or a sheltered outdoor space, as suggested by the wooden structure and the glimpse of a window behind her. The girl wears a simple white dress and a pink floral headband, adding a delicate touch to the otherwise earthy tones of the composition.
Rautiola's painting style is evident in the expressive brushwork, capturing the textural contrasts between the wood, the fabric of the dress, and the girl's skin. The strokes are confident and deliberate, conveying the tactile qualities of the surfaces. The choice of palette—cool tones for the background and warmer tones for the figure—further emphasizes the subject, drawing the viewer into the quiet moment. The title "Enigma" aptly reflects the painting's evocation of quietude and the unfathomable depth of a child's inner world.