The ways in which a painter handles her medium says much about the ways in which she views the world—not to mention her subjects. In the case of Swedish contemporary artist Karin Broos, vibrancy and luminosity emanate from her richly detailed oil paintings of women and girls. Her work is often referred to as photorealistic. Yet few photographers could claim the deftly lavish manifestation of color, texture, and light with which Broos illuminates her subjects. Their femininity—in the most traditional, classical sense—is apparent in the works’ surface detail, in the women’s restrained yet attentive expressions, and in the natural settings suffused with sun and shadow.