At first glance this could easily be from the career of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, bearing an uncanny resemblance to some of his most famous paintings such as The Artist's Mother or XXX. In fact this is purely a demonstration of Matisse’s versatility as an artist, as well as the strong desire that he had to try different artistic approaches.

The scene captures a young woman calming reading a book during a moment of peace in the corner of her room, perhaps an office. She sits to the right of the composition, whilst the left hand side features a variety of objects that sit upon her cupboard as well as some paintings on the wall.