Gabriele Munter's Madonna with Still Life: Focal Point

I really appreciate the piece of Gabriele Munter's Madonna with Still Life.  I had not heard of her before now and this particular piece was really exciting for me.I saw something different though and my eye followed a different path.  My eye went directly to the face of the Madonna, then to the child, then to the hands of the child holding the golden heart, then back to the white flowers in the vase.   They are the white-ish elements in an otherwise chromatic painting. They felt like a path to me.

When you noted the red vase with the red flower pointing back to her face, I first questioned my subconscious.  Then I saw it as a different path into the painting and wondered how the two paths relate.  I'm still wondering.

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