Blue dominates this portrait, as Picasso continues to portray his inner sadness through the colour schemes of his work. A recent bereavement is believed to have inspired this sombre work, contrasting wildly against the more upbeat works of his career, such as Mediterranean Landscape and some of his animal sketches.

The seated model is captured from behind by Picasso, who chose this angle in order to communicate a certain message about her life, namely a disconnect from mainstream society.

In this way, there are clear similarities with The Old Guitarist, where a similarly raw and honest portrait captures some of society's problems.