Noon in Italy depicts a young woman on a ladder picking a bundle of grapes. Her lush form balances the lushness of the fruit. What I particularly like is how Karl captures the shadow of the grapes over her eyes and her pudgy pinky resting on the ladder. The folds of white fabric at her shoulder and the satisfaction in the curve of her mouth. There is something almost childlike in her discovery. The viewer is also left wondering what is going on outside this cropped image. Is someone holding the ladder?
This woman is a repeating figure he experimented with in other works. The traditional peasant dress and plaited hair is representative of the time he spent in Rome. His realistic imagery of plus size women is moving and so soft. Beautiful.