Artist: Rautiola Antti Title: Morning Swim, 2011 Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 67x81cm
"Morning Swim," a painting by Finnish artist Antti Rautiola, depicts a young child at the water's edge, captured in a moment of summertime bliss. The child is seen from behind, wading into the shimmering blue water, with gentle waves lapping at their feet. The swimwear, clasped at the shoulders with white trim, is a deep brown, contrasting with the light and airy palette of the surrounding environment.
This tranquil scene is bathed in the soft, warm light of early morning, suggesting the freshness of a new day. The child’s hair is neatly braided, hinting at the care of a guardian before this outing. The artist's brushstrokes are fluid and relaxed, mirroring the calmness of the setting and the leisurely pace of a morning swim. The reflections on the water are rendered with delicate shifts in color and tone, creating a realistic sense of depth and movement. The painting evokes the innocence of childhood and the simple pleasures of a summer day.