William Henry Bartlett (1858-1932) was a Irish painter of rural life and its landscape. Little information is available about him on the web. But it is known that he was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists. During the 1890s, he passed several summers in Connemara, County Galway drawing inspiration from the local inhabitants and rugged scenery. Bartlett’s Return From the Seal Hunt is typical of his work.
It seems that Hesitation is the only nude figurative painting that Bartlett created. I find it much more appealing than his other paintings, what’s the appeal of hunting seals? I can identify with the meditative figure of the young girl. People often play a recording of tranquil classical music to bring quietness. I find paintings like Hesitation to have a similar effect. The sense that a nude figure can express a state of rest has been lost in our barbaric age.