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Executed in the south of France, this painting shows a comfortably furnished apartment with a view over the Mediterranean. The sunlit interior suggests relaxation and pleasure, but the painting has a mysterious intensity that seems strangely at odds with the domesticity of the scene. The young girl appears stiff and immobile, like an ancient statue, her face curiously inexpressive. The rigorous order of the composition, with its repeated verticals, reinforces the atmosphere of stillness.

August 2004