- Aull, Felice
- Date of entry: Mar-29-2006
- Last revised: Aug-17-2006
The scene is painted on the diagonal, which is both destabilizing and draws the viewer immediately into the picture. In the right foreground looms a large oval or round brown table on which sit a box of matches and a half-full tumbler of clear liquid. As the viewer’s eye follows the tumbler diagonally back, a gray-haired, balding man wearing a brown suit or robe is seated at the table, leaning back in his chair, smoking a cigar.
Behind the cigar smoker, near a corner of the room, standing with her back to the man, is a woman dressed in a white blouse and black skirt. She leans with her bent left arm on a chest of drawers and rests her chin on her right hand, leaning on her bent right elbow. Her features are not clearly visible, but her eyes appear to be closed. A painting of a woman’s upper body hangs above her on the wall that faces the viewer.
Degas, Sickert and Toulouse-Lautrec: London and Paris, 1870-1910, Exhibition Catalogue, Phillips Collection museum shop, Washington, D.C. 2006. Also in: Southgate, M. Therese, ed. The Art of JAMA: Covers and Essays from The Journal of The American Medical Association (AMA Press/Mosby) 1997, p. 165.