Can less be more? I have been wrestling with this consideration for years, and I think the answer is yes, if the artist is sincere!
A good example is the painting “Commerce” which was a response to watching the touring boats in Paris, and the regimentation of passing at the midway point of their scheduled routines.
I was very concerned with loosing the reason for the painting for the sake of detail. I want to show the act of passing more than what is passing.
I’m sure this process of reducing is as interesting for the viewer as well and there is a very fine line between success or failure.