I will start this year's Art For the Month of June by sharing 'Jolly Boat' by Peruvian painter Albert Lynch. In this work I immediately notice the listless face of the central female passenger as she stares off into the distance, seemingly indifferent to her company on the boat. Outside the context of this scene, I immediately identify with her expression. Believe me, I've felt that way before.
The man at her side, presumably her partner, is watching their fellow passengers at the other end of the boat, all of whom appear to be having a great time, casually talking amongst themselves. Aside from the gentlemen in uniform, these passengers and rowers obviously represent a lower social class than that of our well-dressed couple at the left, and I sense this couple is resentful that they must share such company. I find it interesting that for a piece titled 'Jolly Boat,' Lynch chose to make this couple the most prominent figures in his scene, which only emphasizes their displeasure, and their fellow passengers seem all but oblivious to them.
Well, almost. It seems I'm not the only one wondering about this unhappy couple; the young man rowing the boat has his attention on them as well. Whether he's envious of their apparent wealth, sympathetic to their current situation on the boat, or simply attracted to the young woman, is indiscernable, however I would assume this dillegent rower reflects the artist's own feelings about the scene.