Fischl’s Untitled, like many of his beach scenes, provides a setting for inadvertent proximity, unfulfilled desires, and fleeting intentions. Horizontal sweeps of sand and water frame his figures – a young boy crawls toward a reclining woman, their relationship unknown and her awareness of him unclear.His process, rooted in collage, draws figures together in ways that naturally generate narrative associations, whether joyful, tense, pensive, or ephemeral.
Utilizing a glossy low-absorbent paper, Fischl speaks casually on his process, noting, "What's nice about the paper is that the oil paint glides across the surface. If you make a mistake you can just wipe it off, there is just a little trace of color left. You can really work it because I get the paint relatively thin using turpentine and stuff and then I schlock it on and scratch back through it with my finger and things." (Eric Fischl quoted in “Fischl Art Book ‘Beach Paintings’ Unveiled at Empire Gallery Exhibit” published in Hamptons.com, August 4, 2009).