Oil on canvas
This artwork is suggested to be one of Mario Finlayson’s more mature works, displaying a structured approach to the application of the paint. The colour palette is limited and the application of strokes adds to the feeling of abandonment and haphazard nature of the scene. The strewn wooden furniture and benches seem to have been disregarded and carelessly arranged, adding to the overall feeling of a hurried departure from the school premises. The pastel green of the classroom walls create an interesting contrast to the shades of brown dominating the foreground and middleground. The green is reflected in the floorboards adding texture. This piece could be compared to the style of Edgar Degas and David Bomberg.