This painting shows the drawing-room of the Paris house where Vuillard lived with his mother. The artist's niece stands at the table doing her lessons. Her brother is at the window, looking out. The silhouette of the artist's mother can be seen on the right, and Vuillard himself appears in the portrait on the wall. Although he frequently used friends or family as models, Vuillard said,;I don't make portraits. I paint people in their homes.