A man is courting a young woman to the left of the composition. He hands her a bunch of leaves. Their baskets are on the ground, work is not their main concern.
In the center two young women laugh while picking up the pears that have fallen on the ground. The joy of living and the naivety of youth can be read on their faces.
A young couple holds our attention on the right of the canvas. The young man is perched on his ladder picking pears, a symbol of fertility. He hands a pear to a young girl who raises her skirt to receive the pear, the child.
Could this canvas be a nod to François Boucher and his cherry picking painting?
Frame in trompe l’oeil.