French poet Alice Rahon traveled to Mexico in 1939 and decided to stay when war broke out in Europe, joining a group of fellow expatriates interested in Surrealism. She began painting in the 1940s. In this almost abstract work, she borrows the condensed style and technique of ancient petroglyphs. She lightly scratches the surface with patterns that suggest a nocturnal landscape of trees, flowers, hills, and distant buildings. Their iridescent colors shine like gems in the dark green air of the night.