"The scene is set after a lovers' quarrel: the girl's eyes are spilling tears while, behind her, barely indistinguishable in form and color from the wood around them, sits, her lover, head in hands."
I have always admired this painting and recently discover the lover in the background. I am not sure if it is just me but I have been looking at this picture for years and never saw him or the tears. My favorite part is the dress and the color scheme he chose, the purple is balanced with the greenery to perfection.
At its first showing Hughes accompanied the painting with an extract from Tennyson's poem "The Miller's Daughter":
- Love is hurt with jar and fret,
- Love is made a vague regret,
- Eyes with idle tears are set,
- Idle habit links us yet;
- What is Love? For we forget.
- Ah no, no.