Gust De Smet’s subjects include farmers and fishermen, the village, the countryside, popular entertainment and working class women. However, there is no particular social sentiment here, but rather a being in awe of the sometimes difficult peasant existence. In Village Sunshine, the artist focuses on a young woman in the foreground staring ahead with wide eyes. Her head is slightly turned which introduces a degree of movement in an otherwise static landscape with a wheat field, cubist houses and a setting sun. As is often the case with the artist, her absent dreamy gaze invokes a sense of melancholy.