Delineated image of a nude female figure viewed from the side bending over in a shallow body of water
Illustration for Emile Verhaeren's "Belle Chair" (published Paris, E. Pellatan) depicting a nude female figure defined solely by contour and line, and stripped of all background context save for a few simple lines representing a shallow body of water. This severe reduction of form reflects Maillol’s interested in the woodcuts of Gauguin.
A four-poster bed with curtains drawn back within an interior is angled towards the viewer, showing a woman reclined on the bed and attended by numerous figures. A lighted taper is placed in her hands, with assistance of a young man on the left side of the bed. Others of the figures stand or kneel with figures hands clasped in prayer; at the lower left corner are two men kneeling at the foot of the bead looking at a book of prayers. The overall effect is concern and movement around the still figure of the woman.
Although Meckenem used as his inspiration the depiction of the Death of the Virgin by Schongauer, Meckenem's composition is reversed from Schongauer's and contains numerous details that make his version a fresh interpretation of Schongauer's.