In 1890, the artist first displayed this canvas at the Exhibition of Independent Artists, where, in principle, it was not noticed by the jury and the audience. On the same day, his other painting “Cancan” was exhibited, the cardinally different work “The Eager Woman” appeared on the sidelines.
This strange picture for some time caused doubts of the jury in its understanding. His beloved Madeline Knobloch, depicted on it, was hidden for a long time by Srava from the discussion of those around her. Nobody knew about the relationship of people, because they already had a child. The artist was secretive in relation to everything, and in matters of his personal life – even more so. It is still not known how young people met and what year.
When the picture was presented to the public, even friends had no idea, through his work he confesses his love for his Muse, being a confirmation of his admiration for Madeleine’s beauty. The portrait of the audience caused only a smile and sarcasm.
The picture is more similar to the popular boudoir scenes of the XVIII century, described in French painting. Here Serah focuses on strange details.
A peculiar satirical image of a woman who admire herself in a mirror means vanity and self-love. It is not known what is meant by an element located at the top left side. Someone read that the artist depicted himself as a flowerpot, which is always next to his beloved.
The dimensions of the table, which stands on the curves of ugly legs, are so small that it emphasizes the curvaceous shape of the woman. The style of the wallpaper patterns matched oval mirror, decorated with a pink ribbon. All this entourage emphasizes provocatively bad taste, which makes the picture notes of humor.
However, Madeleine did not think so. When the cost of his paintings rose sharply, she decided to keep this work in her collection.