Constant Permeke was mainly a painter of farm life. Like his friends Gustave De Smet and Frits Van den Berghe, he evolved towards Expressionism after WWI. Expressive distortions and cubist elements emphasise the monumentality of his figures, which often fill the whole picture frame. Woman Weeding is a good example of this. The paint is applied roughly and thickly in dark earthy colours, thereby emphasising the direct link between the woman and the earth. The stylisation and distortions do not however create a caricature. Permekes aim here was to express the primitive life-force itself.