This painting depicts the abstract form of a woman sitting in a chair with her head, shown in profile and tilted upward. There is a stringed instrument in her lap and her hands rest on the arms of the chair. It is painted in muted colors of aqua and lavender with brighter areas of yellow, orange and blue. The figure, chair and instrument are created with just a few black lines to suggest their forms.
The painting is an abstract rendering of a woman seated in a chair, playing a mandolin. Picasso has emphasized the theme by including several musical symbols. The subject is Marie Therese Walter, Picasso’s lover at the time.
The top row of triangles employs the colors mustard yellow, lilac and teal; the bottom row’s triangles are painted in taupe, sage and dusty violet. One of the triangles in this row is left unpainted, which shows the precisely measured and drawn lines that form the triangular composition.