A statement from the artist


There were four pears on the table.

Agnes began to paint.  The pears came from her father’s orchard, and every one of them was precious.  They were promised to the barone, and if her father discovered she had taken four of them from the harvest basketas a subject for painting, he’d be very displeased.

But she knew her father wanted her to paint.  He said she had a gift, and he encouraged her to use it.

She painted quickly.

The pears were back in the basket for the Barone by mid-afternoon.  Agnes had taken four; she returned three.

The pear was as delicious as it looked on her canvas.