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Another of Mary's favoured motifs was figures on the shore. Often these scenes portray both an elderly and a young figure. Mary's interest in the theme was, at least, encouraged by Thomas Mann's novella Death in Venice in which an elderly man develops an obsession with a boy. The book reaches its climax on the seashore with the boy looking out to sea, observed by the older man. At least one of Mary's shore paintings specifically refers to Death in Venice but she explored the theme repeatedly and light-heartedly in more general terms, often substituting the boy and man for a woman and girl.
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