This seated figure is an intimate work, both in its size and its introspective attitude. Gaudier-Brzeska wrote about a life class he had attended: 'I should have liked to have a model who didn't pose at all, but did everything he wanted to, walked, ran, danced, sat, etc.' In this work angular contours and a rythmic arrangement of planes are combined with a stylised treatment of the detailed parts, such as the triangle incised into the oval of the face. These features are characteristic of the artist's Vorticist style. Henry Moore commented: 'Gaudier-Brzeska has given the reassurance that it was possible for figurative and non-figurative elements to co-exist without serious risk.'