oilpainting: 134,6 cm x 124,6 cm

The nude very rarely appears in Jean Brusselmans work, and when it does, as in this monumental painting, he usually only considers it to be of secondary importance: the play of horizontal and vertical lines both dominates and forms a contrast to the solid body of Brusselmans wife in the centre. Through the attitude of the arm raised above the head and the downward falling movement of the sheet, the body describes a rectangle which contrasts palely with the flat background of brown and greyish blue. In 1938 Brusselmans painted this subject again but then in a slightly different form.